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Ghost Train Through the Andes
Ghost Train Through the Andes
by Michael Jacobs
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars complex and interesting, 27 April 2008
The family history is interesting, as many of Jacob's antecedents were relatively powerful/energetic/unusual types. But Jacobs uses this history to take us on a detective story that involves travel from Hull to Chile then onto Bolivia. This makes a facinating travel book and as such, it's a modern adventure story told by someone that can write very nicely indeed.

But it's more than this. It provides us with a facinating insight into the way an historian operates. This is history mixed with contemporary journalism, and as such it's a facinating glimpse into the past and present story of this corner of Latin America. I was impressed throughout by the characters met along the way, and by the slightly dogged and engaged personality of the writer.


The Money Spinners: How Professional Gamblers Beat the Casinos at Their Own Game
The Money Spinners: How Professional Gamblers Beat the Casinos at Their Own Game
by Jacques Black
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting & Informative, 5 July 2002
This book is a mixture of biography (of famous gamblers) and autobiography of the mysterious author. It's all good reading.
For me though, the most useful bit was the appendix, which goes into a lot of detail about the risks involved in gambling. I particularly liked the statistical info re risk of ruin in a positive expectation game, and how standard deviation affects your chance of winning. The reason I gave it only 4 stars is because it didn't go into this stuff in even more depth. Excellent book anyway!


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