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Playing off the Rail - A Pool Hustle: A Pool Hustler's Journey Paperback – 1 Apr 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (1 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380729237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380729234
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,122,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

The true story of my trip into the world of high-stakes pool
Hello! I'm David McCumber, author of Playing Off The Rail. If you love pool, we have a lot in common. I'm certainly not a great player, but I have always been fascinated by the game and the place it occupies in our culture. Playing Off The Rail was my effort to delve into the milieu of high-stakes pool and portray the characters, language and customs found therein. Since I couldn't play well enough to go "on the road," I found someone who could -- Tony Annigoni, a "renaissance pool hustler" from San Francisco. Tony doesn't fit the stereotype of the hustler. He doesn't drink or smoke, is a student of history, philosophy and eastern religions, and views the game as a martial art. He's also a world-class wisecrack artist, so he made an interesting traveling companion. The book is the true story of our several-month trip around the country, finding high-dollar games and tournaments. We didn't always win, of course -- nobody does, on the road -- but we won our share, and had some unforgettable experiences along the way. I hope you enjoy the story!

About the Author

David McCumber is an award-winning journalist, a former assistant managing editor at the San Francisco Examiner, and the founding editor and publisher of Big Sky Journal. He has worked for more than twenty years as a writer and editor at newspapers and magazines across the American West. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


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