Take Me to the River: A Wayward And Perilous Journey To The World Series Of Poker Paperback – 18 Sep 2007
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"A bloody good read." - Poker Life
"[Alson's] transparent prose is ferociously honest and deceptively simple." -- Matthew Klam, author of Sam the Cat and Other Stories
"A compelling look inside the often tortured lives of professional gamblers." -- Mason Levinson, Bloomberg News
"Literary, smartly written." -- The Poker Gazette
"Alson is at his best in recounting pivotal hands from his tournament experiences. He expertly builds suspense while explaining how he observes his opponents for clues and calculates his chances of winning a hand." -- St. Petersburg Times
"Without question, one of the finest poker books ever written." -- James McManus, bestselling author of Positively Fifth Street
About the Author
Peter Alson is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie and coauthor of One of a Kind, a biography of the poker champion Stuey Ungar, and Atlas: From the Street to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man. Alson's articles have appeared in many national magazines, including Esquire, Playboy, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Alice, and their daughter Eden.
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What was most striking to me was that I, who am not a poker devotee, found myself riveted and on the edge of my seat through intricate descriptions of games where I only half-understood what was going on. Alson's sheer writing talent somehow made the stakes palpable, the shifting energies and strategies intelligible, even to an outsider like myself.
This is a better and more mature book than Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie, which was also good. At times here Alson takes on big themes beyond poker -- corporate greed, love and commitment -- and tries to tie them into his thoughts about his favorite game. Like the gambler he is, sometimes he hits it and sometimes he doesn't. It doesn't matter. Reading the book is like spending time with a smart, funny, and above all alive friend as he makes his way toward some big decisions and lessons, letting you in on all of it.
I have also started his book One of A Kind, about a tragic poker genius named Stuey Ungar, which is also fascinating. Peter Alson is a great storyteller and an incredibly entertaining writer. Buy this book for its warmth, its insights into the poker world, and for the great pleasure of reading something so well written.
In about forty years, Peter and his bride will be sitting in rockers outside the Old Poker Player's Retirement Home. She will suddenly turn on him and bring up the time in Vegas he kept the whore's phone number while she was planning a wedding. He should have never been that honest, but honesty makes this a fantastic book. If Peter tells you a hen dips snuff, look under her wing and you will find a can.
Johnny Hughes, author of the upcoming novel, Texas Poker Wisdom.Texas Poker Wisdom