The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town - A Novel

The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town - A Novel

by Robert H. Steele

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The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town - A Novel by Robert H. Steele

During the 1990s, two Connecticut Indian tribes built the world's two biggest casinos in the southeastern corner of the state, resulting in what has been called a "gambling Chernobyl." The Curse is a novel set against those events. It begins in 1637 with the massacre of the Pequot Indians and a curse delivered by a Pequot sachem to the young English soldier who is about to kill him. The story then jumps 350 years as the soldier's thirteenth-generation descendant, Josh Williams, becomes embroiled in a battle to stop a new-minted Indian tribe from building a third casino that threatens his town and ancestral home. The lure of easy money drives everyone from the tribe's chief to a shadowy Miami billionaire, venal politicians, and Providence mobsters, while a small, quintessential New England town must choose between preserving its character or accepting an extraordinary proposal that will change it forever. As the battle over the casino reaches a climax, Josh discovers startling truths about his family's past - including centuries-old events that appear to be impacting the present with devastating effect. Connecticut author Martin Shapiro (Scroll of Naska) has described the book as "compelling and timely - an epic story of politics, identity and greed that will make you wonder where America is headed." Robert H. Steele is vice chairman of an international retail marketing agency and has been a director of numerous companies. A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he served in the CIA and Congress, and was a candidate for governor of Connecticut. He lives with his wife in Essex, Connecticut.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015633887
Publisher: Levellers Press
Publication date: 09/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Former Congressman Robert H. Steele’s years as a public official and businessman,

as well as his deep roots in Connecticut—including two decades living on the edge of

the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation—made him uniquely qualified to write the

epic story of The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England

Town.




Robert H. Steele is vice chairman of an international retail marketing agency and

has been a director of numerous companies. A graduate of Amherst College and

Columbia University, he served in the CIA and Congress, and was a candidate for

governor of Connecticut. He lives with his wife in Essex, Connecticut.




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The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town - a Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am recommending The Curse to my friends. Rich story-line fortified with realities of gambling operations and their far reaching effects. Surprising, enlightening. Eminently enjoyable. Undeniably eye-opening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riveting novel about a New England town's David and Goliath fight against a big-time casino and its billionaire backer. A real page-turner full of fascinating history and unexpected turns. Use of fiction to illuminate a serious social/political issue at its best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Curse is a classic tale of politics and greed told through the eyes of a Connecticut family swept up in the state's gambling revolution.  We came within inches of getting our own casinos in western Connecticut, so I couldn't help but be doubly fascinated by the story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Curse weaves a compelling tale of a historic Connecticut family and its collision with the modern gambling industry. Meticulously researched with a surprise and dramatic conclusion, the novel works on numerous levels-a riveting story, fascinating history, an expose of a growing social problem, an indictment of our political leadership, and a thoughtful exploration of identity in America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An epic story about a family's fight against a casino in which a small New England town faces a Faustian choice between preserving its heritage and accepting an enormously seductive proposal that would change it forever. Definitely one of the most memorable novels I've read in some time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fascinating and well-told tale that entwines history, intrigue, and politics into a story I never expected. The title of the book is a double entendre that plays out in a non-polemic way. Couldn’t put it down.
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