The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became the Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History

The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became the Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History

by William C. Rempel

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062456793
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 244,199
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

William C. Rempel is a veteran investigative reporter and editor who specialized in foreign and national projects. During a thirty-six-year career at the Los Angeles Times, he produced groundbreaking reports on subjects ranging from oil tanker safety prior to the Exxon Valdez disaster to the menace of al-Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001. He has received numerous journalism honors, including a shared Overseas Press Club Award for international terrorism reports and a Gerald Loeb Award for financial writing. He was also a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Table of Contents

A Note to Readers xiii

Prologue: Introducing Kirk Kerkorian 1

I The Making Of A Man

1 Gambling on the Wind 9

2 The Kid from Weedpatch 15

3 Bet of a Lifetime 39

4 Scraps, Craps, and John Wayne 45

5 On a Wing and a Spare Tank 49

6 Bugsy Siegel's Last Flight 57

7 Art of the Junk Deal 65

8 Gambling on Gambling 73

9 Jack Magic and the Blade 77

10 A Crapshooter's Dream 83

11 His First Million 89

12 The Armenian Connection 97

II The Making Of A Billionaire

13 Trouble with Mobsters 109

14 A Clash of Tycoons 119

15 A $73 Million Side Bet 131

16 Hello, World! 141

17 Gary and Kirk and Barbra and Elvis 147

18 The Smiling Cobra 155

19 A Kick in the Ass 163

20 Making Debbie Reynolds Cry 173

21 The Rival Vanishes 183

22 Putting On the Moves 189

23 A View to the Abyss 195

24 Extra Risk Factor 203

25 Punch, Counterpunch 211

26 MGM Spells Disaster 219

27 Villain of the Actuaries 229

28 One Roll of the Dice 239

29 Ted Turner's Ticking Time Bomb 245

30 A Burial at Sea 251

31 Among the Billionaires 257

III The Making Of A Legend

32 Babe Ruth at Bat 269

33 The Iacocca Nuisance 277

34 She Persisted 289

35 Rifle Right Takes Iron Mike 299

36 Genocide and Generosity 307

37 Wynn and Lose 317

38 Fateful Attraction 329

39 A God Among Deal Makers 337

40 Breaking Bad 347

41 After "the Fall" 355

Epilogue: Kirk's Last Deal 367

Acknowledgments 373

Notes 375

Selected Bibliography 393

Index 397

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