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The Odds are Even (Probability Sequence) Paperback – 30 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Superscript (30 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095429131X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954291310
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,931,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the first volume in THE PROBABILITY SEQUENCE of which the celebrated Pascal's Wager is the latest. In this one the chance meeting is between Jay, one of two thousand protestors who tried to storm the U.S. London embassy during the Cuba Missile Crisis, and Oleg Penkovsky, the spy who saved the world. This dramatisation of the secret machinations and covert deals behind the Cold War and its 1962 climax was written before access to some of the restricted material was made more widely available under the thirty year rule. Recent dissemination of this material, together with the carefully manicured versions of the White House Tapes ( recorded on John Kennedy's orders), and the proceedings of the anniversary conference of key participants held in Havana in October 2002, does nothing at all to discredit Gdala's tightly researched thesis. Everyone should be aware of what was going on at the most dangerous moment of human history - and of how little has changed!

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I knew there was something up from the very beginning. It was just about the first thing I noticed after my mother's breast.

"This is the way the ladies ride

Clip clop. Clip clop.

This is the way the gentlemen ride

Bump bump. Bump bump."
Bouncing on a white man's knees on the verandah of someone else's house in someone else's land, I had already tumbled to it. The whole thrust of their culture had misfired. They were having to reinvent everything from scratch.
As I grew I learned their language and quickly realised that these people set a lot of value on explanation. You ask them a question and they feel bound to answer it. They will sometimes make several passes at it, interspersed by, "Do you understand?" and "Now do you understand?" until they get the answer, "Yes." That means they've won the game. If, on the other hand, you can keep going with, "But..." and "Why?" you score. Of course the whole point of the game is that you can never win in the end, because if you start to score too high the question will be redefined in terms of another one to whose answer you had already surrendered.
But I didn't need to win. I enjoyed the fear in their eyes. I loved to slice through the patronising bluster with fast volleys of "But you said..." and, "Yes but why?" until I saw their skin reddening a little. Then I would ease off. I figured they could be really nasty if you pushed them too far.
It is a measure of my infant arrogance that I must have been at least seven before I realised that they could invent explanations as fast as I could question them. And worse than that. I began to see that their stories hung together in a curious kind of way. The world they were inventing was manifesting itself around me.

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