Players: Con Men, Hustlers, Gamblers and Scam Artists

Players: Con Men, Hustlers, Gamblers and Scam Artists

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Paperback, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2002, ISBN # 1560253800
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A fascinating tour of "grifting" takes readers deep into the sleazy but compelling world of gamblers, grifters, and con artists who hustle for a living, offering writings by David Mamet, Saul Bellow, Jorge Luis Borges, Nelson Algren, Hunter S. Thompson, Nick Tosches, Harlan Ellison, Roald Dahl, and other authors. Original.

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A fascinating tour of "grifting" takes readers deep into the sleazy but compelling world of gamblers, grifters, and con artists who hustle for a living, offering writings by David Mamet, Saul Bellow, Jorge Luis Borges, Nelson Algren, Hunter S. Thompson, Nick Tosches, Harlan Ellison, Roald Dahl, and other authors. Original.

Once I hear the clatter of chips I almost go into convulsions," said Dostoyevsky, while Anatole France wrote, "The gambler is driven by the fascination of danger at the bottom of all great passions." The characters the reader meets in Players-chess grand masters, poolroom hustlers, or street-hardened practitioners of the short con-are all alike propelled by the ecstasy of risk. "The stake is money," France wrote, "in other words, immediate, infinite possibilities." In fact, as the reader hooks up with David Mamet in the poker room and meets Damon Runyon's Bookie Bob, Saul Bellow's immortal Yellow Kid, and learns from Herbert Asbury about the antics of Izzy and Moe, and from David Maurer about the discreet charm of the confidence man, Walter Tevis on Fast Eddie Felson and Minnesota Fats on the seductions of nineteenth-century gambling dens, high lives and low will merge and the world of gambler and con-artist will blur. Selected writings by Jorge Luis Borges, Hunter S. Thompson, Nick Tosches, and many others are featured.

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Editor: Hyde, Stephen ,  Zanetti, Geno
Number of Pages: 397
Original Languages: English
Subject: SWINDLERS AND SWINDLING ,  GAMBLING
Author: Hyde, Stephen ,  Zanetti, Geno
Target Audience: Trade
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
ISBN-13: 9781560253808
ISBN-10: 1560253800
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