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People of Chance: Gambling in American Society from Jamestown to Las Vegas-John M. Findlay

  • Title: People of Chance: Gambling in American Society from Jamestown to Las Vegas
  • Author: John M. Findlay
  • Released: 1986-03-06
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  • Pages: 278
  • ISBN: 0195037405
  • ISBN13: 978-0195037401
  • ASIN: 0195037405

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From Library Journal Unlike previous anecdotal studies of American gambling such as Stephen Longstreet's Win or Lose ( LJ 11/15/ 77), Findlay's work is not a straight chronological survey but a selective history of gambling in American cul ture. His main theme is the close rela tionship between the growth of gam bling in the United States and the westward movement of the American frontier. Thus, the first part of Find lay's work focuses on gambling's de velopment through America's colonial, early national, old southwestern, and far western frontiers; the second half concentrates on the development of Las Vegas as the modern mecca of American gambling. Findlay argues that many of the traits associated with the frontierhigh expectations, risk taking, and opportunismcontributed to the rise of gambling in these areas. A fascinating work, of particular signifi cance to students of American culture and Western history. Louis Vyh nanek, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
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