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From James McManus, author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate.

Cowboys Full is the story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global—but especially an American—phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and, with a few extra cards and an entrepreneurial spirit, turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War. From the kitchen-table games of ordinary citizens to its influence on generals and diplomats, poker has gone hand in hand with our national experience. Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama have deployed poker and its strategies to explain policy, to relax with friends, to negotiate treaties and crises, and as a political networking tool. The ways we all do battle and business are echoed by poker tactics: cheating and thwarting cheaters, leveraging uncertainty, bluffing and sussing out bluffers, managing risk and reward.

Cowboys Full shows how what was once accurately called the cheaters game has become amostly honest contest of cunning, mathematical precision, and luck. It explains how poker, formerly dominated by cardsharps, is now the most popular card game in Europe, East Asia, Australia, South America, and cyberspace, as well as on television. It combines colorful history with firsthand experience from todays professional tour. And it examines pokers remarkable hold on American culture, from paintings by Frederic Remington to countless poker novels, movies, and plays. Braiding the thrill of individual hands with new ways of seeing pokers relevance to our military, diplomatic, business, and personal affairs, Cowboys Full is sure to become the classic account of Americas favorite pastime.

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Cowboys Full is the story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global phenomenon.

About the Author

James McManus has covered poker for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harpers Magazine, Card Player, ESPN.com, and The NewYorker. Positively Fifth Street (FSG, 2003), his memoir of finishing fifth in the World Series of Poker championship event, was a New York Times bestseller and is already considered a classic.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781427207999
Subtitle:
The Story of Poker
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Read by:
Wyman, Oliver
Read:
Wyman, Oliver
Author:
McManus, James
Subject:
General
Subject:
Card Games - General
Subject:
Card Games - Poker
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Card General
Subject:
Gambling - Card Games
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
United States - General
Edition Description:
First Edition, Abridged
Abridged:
Y
Publication Date:
20091110
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 CDs; 7 hrs
Dimensions:
6.02 x 5.22 x 0.63 in
Media Run Time:
420

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