Recently I have been watching the excellent Boardwalk empire and I have found that I have become really interested in several of the main characters. One of whom I wanted to find out more about so I ordered, Rothstein The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series by David Pietusza. Amazon recommended Titanic Thompson by Kevin Cook. I'm glad that I took the suggestion because this book is brilliant a great tale about a true individual who would bet on anything and everything, and win (or cheat so that he won). Titanic rubbed shoulders with some of greats of the twenties and thirties Al Capone, Howards Hughes, Harry Houdini and Arnold Rothstein to name but a few. The stories of the cons, and gambles Thompson makes and takes are brilliant, I found I could not put the book down. My only two slight criticism are hat the book just isn't long enough, and towards the final third of the book it becomes very golf heavy, I understand that the author is a golf writer and that is what drove him to write the book in the first place but I would have liked a bit more on the early cons and a bit less on the game of golf. That said it is still one of the most enjoyable biographies I have ever read, a definite recommend.