Book review: Bust

Adam Resnick with Todd Gold. Bust: How I Gambled and Lost a Fortune, Brought Down a Bank–and Lived to Pay for It. New York: William Morrow, 2007. Another day, another review of what seems to be a burgeoning genre–the problem gambling memoir. Like Burt Dragin’s Six to Five Against, Bust is a story of a … Read more

Book Review: Six to Five Against

Burt Dragin. Six to Five Against: A Gambler’s Odyssey. Berkeley: RDR Books, 2005. Six to Five Against is a refreshing, sometimes wincingly honest look at one man’s gambling. Drawing chiefly on his own experiences but supported by Dragin’s investigations into the thrall that gambling holds for many, this is an open, honest, and readable story … Read more

Book Review: Casino Royale

Ian Fleming. Casino Royale. New York: Signet Books, 1953. 144 pages. “JAMES BOND declares war on Le Chiffre, French Communist of paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH. The battle begins for the ace secret agent in a fifty-million franc game of baccarat…gains momentum in his fiery love affair with a sensuous lady spy…and reaches … Read more

Book Review: Made to Break

Giles Slade. Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006. Giles Slade opens this monograph with a flurry of astounding facts: in 2004, 315 million working PCs were thrown out in North America alone, and in the following year over 100 million cell phones joined them on the trashheap. That’s … Read more