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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HYPERION (30 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324308
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JonDS on 12 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
"License to Pawn" strikes me as a well-written and interesting book. It is worth reading. I finished it the same day I got a copy! Tim Keown's work (he's a co-author) likely made the difference between it being a ramble and a book that follows a path through a fascinating chunk of information.

The first three chapters lay down background material that helps to give later chapters more context. Rick Harrison's description of living with epilepsy gives the book quite a starting impact; it is a nightmare to live with grand mal seizures. How he came to grips with the condition and begins to mature is a story in itself. The following two chapters bring the reader to Las Vegas where the Harrison family made its own opportunity.

The fourth chapter begins to give a taste of what it is like to run a pawn shop - in of all places Las Vegas. The chapter starts off by pointing out a rather hard fact about the American economy - that perhaps 25% of the nation uses pawn shops as part of their money management. That's a bit sad when we contrast that with stock fund managers who are essentially given extremely large salaries and bonuses to gamble with other people's money. Perhaps the hard-working Hispanic guy Rick mentions would make a better money market manager than most fund managers. Anyway, in this chapter the descriptions give good background stories and remind the reader that there is a lot of common-sense psychology going on at the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop.

The fifth chapter appears to have been dictated by the senior Harrison, Richard, or "The Old Man". It is almost as if Tim Keown had to argue every change in that chapter's narrative. Then, the chapter does ring authentic and seems consistent with the image projected by Harrison senior on the TV program.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debz on 30 Sep 2011
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If you like the show you will like the book. It tells you the story of the shop and the chartacter in the show.
Rick does most of the talking (as per the show) but there are chapters written by Old Man, Big Hoss and Chumlee.

The book is easy to read and very interesting. Will read again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Hennay on 11 Jun 2012
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If you like the show there is some interesting background info here, especially about Big Hoss and Chumlee's drug problems and Rick's problems as a kid. However there is not enough new good stuff, there is a lot of repetition and it is really quite a thin volume that is padded out to a hardback.

I also get the feeling that some of this is sugar-coated because there is an image, a brand.

Not a bad read but you'll whizz through it quite quickly and you might find that it was a bit thin and so an expensive buy.

I would have liked to hear a lot more about the aggro in the store/night window, the profits they've made and the losses. There is some of this stuff in there but much of it is already in the show and so not particulalrly new if you a regular viewer anyway.

I am glad I read it but I think it is too expensive for what it is.

The T-Shirts they sell online are expensive too. Rick is a shrewd businessman. He knows this a fad, and you'll pay for it.

If you love the show buy it, if you casually interested bear in mind the cost for what it is...
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This look at the backstory to one of the most popular cable shows in the USA and one that has aired widely overseas isn't very long but is full of great information. Laying open the at times turbulent pre-show lives of the Harrisons, it also reveals the real reason why pimps wear so much bling.

Well worth buying.
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If you love Vegas or Pawn Stars then this book is a must. great pictures and makes for interesting reading.
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Book arrived in good time in first class condition.
Interesting tv programme so decided to buy to fill in the backstory, very interesting.
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By Neil Haynes-Jones on 13 April 2013
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After watching the tv series for many years, the book gives you a superb background into the four main characters.

I loved the fact that each character was given the opportunity to sell their story in their own words.
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By Amazon Customer on 23 Jan 2013
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Awesome read, MBB love the series and love this book as you get to find out do much more about Rick and the guys. If you like the series you will want to read this.
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