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  • Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kevin Cook
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (33)
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    (25)
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    Born in a log cabin in the Ozarks, Alvin "Titanic" Thompson (1892-1974) traveled with his golf clubs, a .45 revolver, and a suitcase full of cash. He won and lost millions playing cards, dice, golf, pool, and dangerous games of his own invention. He killed five men and married five women, each one a teenager on her wedding day. He ruled New York's underground craps games in the 1920s and was Damon Runyon's model for slick-talking Sky Masterson.

    Steven says: "Great Book"
    "Inspriational Read for Sporting Men"
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    Titanic Thompson was a character that lived through the early 1900s in America playing (and betting on) pool, golf, cards, darts and pretty much anything else if he could be sure of winning. The book is a fascinating glimpse into a world from a bygone era. Familiar figures and places appearing throughout the pages offer contextual framing to ground the book which would otherwise read like a swashbuckling work of fiction. During his life, Titanic encounters mobsters, politicians and golf champions and somehow gets the best of them all.
    While Titanic Thompson is a great read on any level, it serves as a reminder to the power in determined and relentless practice. So many of us fail to master even one of the pass time sports that appear throughout this book. After reading about Titanic Thompson, I challenge you not to dust off your golf clubs break out the playing cards or buy a new set of darts. Highly recommended!

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