Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything

Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything

by Kevin Cook

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Overview

“The ultimate hustler . . . a rollicking tale.”—Sports Illustrated
This "raucous retelling of the life of a consummate gambler, grifter and quintessential American character" (Kirkus Reviews) introduces Alvin "Titanic" Thompson (1892-1974), who traveled with golf clubs, a .45 revolver, and a suitcase full of cash. A terrific read for anyone who has ever laid a bet, Titanic Thompson recaptures the colorful times of a singular figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393340570
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/14/2011
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 199,047
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

A former senior editor at Sports Illustrated, Kevin Cook is the author of Titanic Thompson, Tommy's Honor, Kitty Genovese and The Dad Report. He lives in New York City.

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Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Cygnus555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read - light and entertaining. I had never heard of Titanic before this book, but after hearing the pitch on NPR one afternoon, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did: I now know more about poker odds, dice odds, odd stories about fantastic feats, feats that make you laugh out loud. He was quite a hustler.My favorite story (don't worry I won't spoil it) was about the time he came close to winning a horse race. This was the one area of gambling that Ti could not make money on... this story where he gave it everything he had cracked me up. As far as the rating: it was fun, but it wasn't outstanding. The pace of it was fast, but in the end I was getting rather tired of the tone... perhaps I just don't identify with Ti... he wasn't a very nice guy after all.
daisy511 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Titanic Thompson was quite an exciting character. His talents and the history of his times are captured in the book. The book is well written and provides a terrific glimpse into the world of early 20th century hustlers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good read Its about about one of the more famous con-men in the us It tells of his life his friends some famous (that helped in his scams) some infamous If You want to learn about early golfers early poker players heres the best
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Interesting boob but too short for the money
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I thought this was about a guy on the titanic who bet on everything