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Playing off the Rail - A Pool Hustle: A Pool Hustler's Journey Paperback – 1 Apr 1997
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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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My only critiscism is that if I'd published it there'd have been a paragraph at the end telling us what happened with Tony's lawsuit. Apart from that, I enjoyed it all, and I read 99.9% fiction, so I was surprised by this. I know this isn't a review, but I'll be loaning it to the guys I play pool with and hopefully they'll change our game conditions to a more American style, like it is everywhere else. In Scotland we really don't get a chance to see what a great game 9-ball is. More books like this might rectify that.
Oh, and while it's not an instruction book, for 20% of the price of one, I got at least half a dozen valuable tips from this which should improve my pool and my results, and more advanced players may spot more. Money well spent.
McCumber's character illustration, in a world full of characters with names like Bucktooth and Fat Tony, makes this book.
If you love pool, rack up Playing Off the Rail!
Author David McCumber brings to life the world of the pool hustler.
An absolutely rivetting read.
It goes on the shelf next to 'Hustler Days' 'The Hustler' and 'The Color of Money'.
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