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Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling
David G. Schwartz (au); James McManus (fr)
The first history of gambling -- from the Stone Age to the internet era. In a sweeping, rollicking narrative that spans the invention of dice in ancient Mesopotamia to today’s globally televised World Series of Poker and internet gambling, acclaimed historian David Schwartz explores the betting games people have played throughout the ages and makes the provocative argument that gambling has been a crucial spur in major historic developments, from the funding of global empires to the development of the mathematics of probability that underpinned the creation of the capitalist system. Packed with colorful characters from Julius Caesar to Casanova, George Washington to Steve Wynn, this is an all-in history of humanity’s fascination with chance. Illus.
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