Synopses & Reviews
Born in a log cabin in the Ozarks, Alvin Titanic Thompson (1892-1974) traveled with his golf clubs, a .45 revolver, and a suitcase full of cash. He won and lost millions playing cards, dice, golf, pool, and dangerous games of his own invention. He killed five men and married five women, each one a teenager on her wedding day. He ruled New York's underground craps games in the 1920s and was Damon Runyon's model for slick-talking Sky Masterson. Dominating the links in the pre-PGA Tour years, Thompson may have been the greatest golfer of his time, teeing up with Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Lee Trevino, and Ray Floyd. He also traded card tricks with Houdini, conned Al Capone, lost a million to Minnesota Fats and then teamed up with Fats and won it all back. A terrific read for anyone who has ever laid a bet, Titanic Thompson recaptures the colorful times of a singular figure: America's original road gambler.
This "raucous retelling of the life of a consummate gambler, grifter and quintessential American character" () introduces Alvin "Titanic" Thompson (1892-1974), who traveled with golf clubs, a .45 revolver, and a suitcase full of cash. A terrific read for anyone who has ever laid a bet, recaptures the colorful times of a singular figure.
"The ultimate hustler . . . a rollicking tale."--
About the Author
Kevin Cook is the award-winning author of Kitty Genovese, Titanic Thompson and Tommy’s Honor. He writes for Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Men’s Health, and other magazines and has appeared on ESPN, Fox TV, and CNN.