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Double Down : Reflections on Gambling and Loss

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Double Down is a true story, a terrifying roller-coaster ride deep into the heart of two men, and into the world of floating Gulf Coast casinos. When both of their parents died within a short time of each other, the writers Frederick and Steven Barthelme, both professors of English in Mississippi, inherited a goodly sum of money. What followed was a binge during which they gambled away their entire fortune-and more. And then, in a cruel twist of fate, they were charged with cheating at the tables. Told with a mixture of sadness and wry humor, and with a compelling look at the physical aura of gambling-the feel of the cards, the smell of the crowd, the sounds of the tables-Double Down is a reflection on the lure of challenging the odds, the attraction of stepping into the void. A cautionary tale (the brothers were eventually exonerated), it is a book that, once read, will never be forgotten.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 16mm | 280g
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156010704
  • 9780156010702
  • 1,554,926

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""Double Down "is a good gambling story, maybe worth every penny the Barthelmes lost."-Chicago Tribune
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157 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
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4 42% (66)
3 26% (41)
2 14% (22)
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