Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker

Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker

by James McManus
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Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker by James McManus

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

Cowboys Full traces the story of poker from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe, through the back rooms of saloons and the parlors of U.S. presidents to its evolution as a global phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War. It explains how poker, once dominated by cardsharps, is now the most popular card game in Europe, East Asia, Australia, South America, and cyberspace, as well as on television. Along the way, James McManus examines the game's remarkable hold on American culture, seen in everything from Frederic Remington's paintings to countless poker novels, movies, and plays. Cowboys Full is raucous and fascinating, a lively, definitive history of the game that, more than any other, explains who we are and how we operate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312430085
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 804,417
Product dimensions: 6.94(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

James McManus has covered poker for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harper's 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.

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Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
CadenceRW More than 1 year ago
You won't learn how to play poker by reading this book but you will learn how poker is played...in business, politics, on the battlefield, and in life. McManus has done meticulous research from the paddle wheelers on the Mississippi to the dark confines of the Hanoi Hilton, to the White House and beyond.
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Jeff Miller More than 1 year ago
A generally entertaining read, puntcuated by frequent absurd bouts of politics. I can't believe a competent editor let that stuff through. Take out the politics and you have a competent book. As it stands, though, I can not recommend it. Keep shopping.