Gr 8-10-- An update to Jim Haskins's Gambling (Watts, 1979; o.p.). The structure of both books is similar, but Davis provides current information, and unlike Haskins, her sources are extensively noted. This is not a how-to book. Games are briefly explained, with just enough to acquaint readers with payoffs and odds. The emphasis is on modern gambling and contains very little history. Different types of the games are covered, and the author explains where revenues from such operations go and how they affect local governments. Davis discusses the myth of educational funding provided by lottery revenues and how this misinformation helps to defeat bond measures. She differentiates between legal and illegal betting, and discusses organized crime's role in both. A chapter is devoted to Gambler's Anonymous. Well researched, well written and interesting to read, this book will prove a useful addition. --George Delalis, Oakland Public Library, CA
Students debating the legalization of gambling or needing an interesting subject for informative or persuasive speeches will find Davis' thoughtful study very helpful. She provides a brief history of gaming, then explains odds, describes various games (casino gambling games, lotteries, etc.), looks at how people bet and why they gamble, and discusses the implications of states' legalization of gambling. Davis has done her homework; each chapter is thoroughly sourced, and the notes themselves will be invaluable for students doing research. Black-and-white photographs are planned.