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Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Cook
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Titanic was a legend, one of the toughest, smartest gamblers of all time. Kevin Cook s terrific book brings him back to life. --Doyle Brunson, two-time winner of the World Series of Poker, member of the Poker Hall of Fame

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Kevin Cook s biography vividly illuminates the life of Titanic Thompson, perhaps the craftiest golfer and poker player and certainly the most dangerous hustler of his, or just about any, generation. --James McManus, bestselling author of "Positively Fifth Street" and "Cowboys Full"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1210 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00545QG18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm an author and journalist who has written about sports and other topics for 25 years. My first book, 'Tommy's Honor', was the U.S. Golf Association's Book of the Year and a finalist for William Hill Sports Book of the Year. 'Titanic Thompson,' a biography of the real-life gambler who inspired 'Guys and Dolls,' was a favorite of the Times and other fine rags. My website is http://kevin-cook.com/

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5.0 out of 5 stars What can Titanic Thompson teach you? 20 Jan 2011
By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I'm not sure where to start with this review - there was so much about this book I liked.

I'd never heard of Titanic Thompson before - and as with all men of legend, it's hard to separate fact from fiction and tell man from myth. Over the years, stories get told and retold, grow and take on a life of their own. Certainly though, this all adds to the mystique of the man known as Titanic; a name he earned after a wager in a pool hall: ''I don't rightly know what it is [his name], but it ought to be Titanic - he sinks everybody...''

I loved Kevin Cook's writing style. I really enjoyed it, and the way the storytelling was approached was perfect for the subject and seemed to match Titanic's bold confidence and swagger step for step. It captures the spirit of the time and is littered with great turns of phrase - meaning what could have easily tumbled into a bland acount of dates, facts and figures, soon became a vivid account of a grifter's escapades, brought to life by Kevin's sterling storytelling. I'm sure poetic licence was taken quite liberally to bring scenes alive - but the book is all the better for it.

Titanic was clearly a man of great talent. He had a savant like gift for numbers matched only by charisma, charm and balls of brass - the essential tools of any good confidence man. He was ruthless, yet generous; knew people better than they knew themselves just from watching them - the way they thought, worked, moved and acted. He was bold and fearless, as well as diligent, and hardworking. And it's also clear that the man was devilishly clever...

So what lessons, if any, can you take away from such a great man? Hmmm, is great the right word - perhaps exceptional is better suited... Well, however you describe him, there are lots in fact.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 7 Mar 2011
By jeeves
Format:Paperback
I first read about this book in the sunday papers, and decided to buy it, it's everything i expected, a great read.

I would certainly recommend it
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The life & times of the worlds greatest grifter 20 Jan 2011
By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I'm not sure where to start with this review - there's so much I could say and so much about this book I liked.

I'd never heard of Titanic Thompson before - and as with all men of legend, it's hard to separate fact from fiction and tell man from myth. Over the years, stories get told and retold, grow and take on a life of their own. Certainly though, this all adds to the mystique of the man known as Titanic; a name he earned after a wager in a pool hall: ''I don't rightly know what it is [his name], but it ought to be Titanic - he sinks everybody...''

I loved Kevin Cook's writing style. I really enjoyed it, and the way the storytelling was approached was perfect for the subject and seemed to match Titanic's bold confidence and swagger step for step. It captures the spirit of the time and is littered with great turns of phrase - meaning what could have easily tumbled into a bland acount of dates, facts and figures, soon became a vivid account of a grifter's escapades, brought to life by Kevin's sterling storytelling. I'm sure poetic licence was taken quite liberally to bring scenes alive - but the book is all the better for it.

Titanic was clearly a man of great talent. He had a savant like gift for numbers matched only by charisma, charm and balls of brass - the essential tools of any good confidence man. He was ruthless, yet generous; knew people better than they knew themselves just from watching them - the way they thought, worked, moved and acted. He was bold and fearless, as well as diligent, and hardworking. And it's also clear that the man was devilishly clever...

So what lessons, if any, can you take away from such a great man? Hmmm, is great the right word - perhaps exceptional is better suited...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who? 26 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
A fascinating and entertaining book about someone you've probably never heard of - a gambler, pool shark, ambidextrous pro-level golfer, ladies man, hustler and killer. Some of the stories border on the unbelievable, but an internet search backed the book up (and the internet is never wrong...). Once I'd finished the book I lent it to my Dad, who read in a matter of days and would not stop talking about it for weeks - a rare occurrence. Definitely worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 2 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book..
Published 15 days ago by JAMES O SHEA
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book you will love it !!!!
I heard about Titanic Thompson on TV and decided to buy this book. If you are into gambling in anyway then you will enjoy this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tommy Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time, quality and bargain
As described will use again. Brand new and at a fraction of the price of other sites will buy again and recommend.
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Theodorou
5.0 out of 5 stars I BET YOU WILL LOVE THIS
I BET YOU WILLLOVE THIS THE MAN COULD HAVE WRITTEN IT IS SELF .WHAT A CHARACTER FROM A TIME GONE BY
Published 9 months ago by MR P BROWN
5.0 out of 5 stars King of the conmen.
What a read. This man is a remarkable conman, but you have to admire his bare faced cheek in some of the people he conned like gangsters and people of influence. Brilliant read!
Published 10 months ago by MR D P KEELING
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
Well, I'm sure it would have been but I left it unread in a bedroom drawer at that hotel inside Orlando airport. If you found it there can I have it back please?
Published 20 months ago by M. Hosker
4.0 out of 5 stars Does it matter whether it's true?
I assume the story of Titanic Thompson is historically accurate, but I did keep wondering whether my enjoyment of the book might be affected if the whole thing turned out to be... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by Alan Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore
Alvin Clarence Thomas - more widely known by the nick-name he acquired over his gambling career, "Titanic" Thompson - was the sort of character you simply won't find in this day... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by Clever Spud
4.0 out of 5 stars So fantastical it has to be true
Such a fascinating book, and the fantastical tales just have to be true.

In a time when proffessional sportsmen did not earn the huge fortunes which they do now, Titanic... Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by white_feather
4.0 out of 5 stars Would liked to have met this man
It's often been said that the late, great Oliver Reed would be a great guy to meet and have a drink with.

Well to that list you can add Titanic. Read more
Published on 21 July 2011 by Mr. Terence Jones
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