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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James McManus Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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From James McManus, author of the best-selling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate. Cowboys Full is the story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global - but especially an American - phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and, with a few extra cards and an entrepreneurial spirit, turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War.

From the kitchen-table games of ordinary citizens to its influence on generals and diplomats, poker has gone hand in hand with our national experience. Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama have deployed poker and its strategies to explain policy, to relax with friends, to negotiate treaties and crises, and as a political networking tool. The ways we all do battle and business are echoed by poker tactics: cheating and thwarting cheaters, leveraging uncertainty, bluffing and sussing out bluffers, managing risk and reward.

Cowboys Full shows how what was once accurately called the cheater's game has become a mostly honest contest of cunning, mathematical precision, and luck. It explains how poker, formerly dominated by cardsharps, is now the most popular card game in Europe, East Asia, Australia, South America, and cyberspace, as well as on television. It combines colorful history with firsthand experience from today's professional tour. And it examines poker's remarkable hold on American culture, from paintings by Frederic Remington to countless poker novels, movies, and plays.

Braiding the thrill of individual hands with new ways of seeing poker's relevance to our military, diplomatic, business, and personal affairs, Cowboys Full is sure to become the classic account of America's favorite pastime. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 2/8/2011

    " Surprisingly dry for a book on poker. Was hoping for more salacious details instead of an academic justification on poker's place in the history books.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 1/26/2011

    " Not quite as good as his earlier book, "Positively Fifth Street", but that was a narrative where this is a straight-up history. Still, a worthwhile read if you're interested in the history of poker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/5/2010

    " Personal sketch, anecdotal to a fault, very good story. Wish it had been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharen | 10/11/2010

    " It's a fine history book, but they could cut in half and have a good book. It gets tiring reading about every President and how he played poker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 10/1/2010

    " A fun, fascinating look at the history of the game of poker, from the games it evolved from to the internet era. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 9/16/2010

    " as a poker player this looks to be a goodread "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 7/7/2010

    " Comprehensive to the extreme, this book is exhausting and was impossible for me to finish. I read 80% of it though, and was stunned by how many flimsy associations McManus can draw between poker and unrelated spheres of life. This book should be 150 pages shorter and focus on poker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Captain_Howdy | 4/21/2010

    " Excellent history of poker. Very heavy on historical figures who played poker and how it affected their major decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor | 4/6/2010

    " I was very surprised by this book. It was very readable, full of wonderful history and just plain fun reading ... Sometimes these kinds of books are fairly dry, but this one was very compelling. "

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