Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker

February 17, 2004|
Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker by James Mcmanus
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In the spring of 2000, Harper''s Magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker, in particular the progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament''s prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend. But when McManus arrives, the lure of the tables compels him to risk his entire Harper''s advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. This is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament--the players, the hand-to-hand combat, his own unlikely progress in it--and the delightfully seedy carnival atmosphere that surrounds it. Positively Fifth Street is a high-stakes adventure and a terrifying but often hilarious account of one man''s effort to understand what Edward O. Wilson has called "Pleistocene exigencies"--the eros and logistics of our competitive instincts.

James McManus is a novelist and poet, most recently winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for sports journalism. He teaches writing and comparative literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including a course on the literature and science of poker.
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Title:Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of PokerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:448 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:448 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.98 inPublished:February 17, 2004Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312422520

ISBN - 13:9780312422523

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