Jack Kelly is a historian and novelist. He is the author of "Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards & Pyrotechnics (Basic Books)." He lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley.
Poker: A History of America's National Gameby Jack Kelly
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This is a concise, 5,500-word essay that details the birth and growth of poker, the most American of card games. The current boom in poker playing had its roots in the riverboats that plied the Mississippi in the 1830s. Authoritative and loaded with fascinating nuggets about America's national game.
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