21: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for MillionsPaperback
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- Publisher: Free Press
- Format: Paperback | 273 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 20mm | 204g
- Publication date: 1 February 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1416564195
- ISBN 13: 9781416564195
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 718,810
The long-running" New York Times" bestseller that has become a cultural phenomenon, "Bringing Down the House" is an action-filled caper carried out by the unlikeliest of cons -- supersmart geeks. Gambling pervaded the M.I.T. campus, and genius kids with money and glittering futures were just as likely to be found in a Paradise Island casino as in the school library. A highly elite group of mathletes was recruited to join The Club, a small, secret blackjack organization dedicated to counting cards and beating the major casinos across the nation at their own game. As a successful ring of card savants, backed by a mysterious ringleader and shadowy investors, they infiltrated Vegas and won millions. The "Boston Herald" acclaimed it as "a suspenseful tale that portrays the players as Davids going up against Goliaths." And Bill Simmons of "ESPN" magazine exclaimed, "This book made me want to gamble! Vegas! Vegas!" Filled with tense action, high stakes, and incredibly close calls, "Bringing Down the House" is a nail-biting chronicle of a real-life "Ocean's Eleven." It's one story that Vegas does not want you to read.
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Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. Since then, he has published six novels with a combined printing of more than a million copies in nine languages ("Threshold, Reaper, Fertile Ground, Skin, " and under Holden Scott, "Skeptic" and "The Carrier." His second novel, "Reaper, " was turned into TBS's premiere movie, "Fatal Error, " starring Antonio Sabato, Jr., and Robert Wagner. "Bringing Down the House" is his seventh book and his first foray into nonfiction.
Lorenzo Carcaterra Author of "Gangster" and "Street Boys"In this high-octane tale with rich, sharp dialogue bordering on Elmore Leonard turf, the plot races by at a Nascar pace and the characters on both sides of the table are as real as an inside straight, making their moves and planning their scores like a croupier on speed. Take the odds, bet the bank, and stare down the dealer. "Bringing Down the House" is a can't-miss deal.