Executive Producer: Jacob Bronstein
Producer: David Rapkin
Abridgment by Kristin Lesko
©2002 by Gary Stephen Ross
(P)2002 Random House, Inc.
Magical thinking is devastating!
Yes - Although I had seen the movie "Owning Mahowny"" a few times, and applaud the now-deceased Phillip Seymour Hoffman for his incredible performance,and the writers/director for capturing the essence of this incredible story -- the movie can not capture the depth of delusion Brian Molony experienced during his years of out of control crazed gambling and theft.
The writer (and narrator) takes the reader thru the mind of one who is quickly and quietly being driven to total madness via gambling. Simply listening to how one survives the mere stress of living with the lies, deception, and theft is suspenseful. How Brian Molony didn't suffer a heart attack or nervous break down is beyond me.
A phenomenal story about a very "unphenomenal" man who literally, broke the bank.
A great read/listen for any one interested in the gaming industry or those who choose to live there lives chasing the fortunes believed to be won at the gaming tables.
Just hard to believe how this guy stole millions of dollars from a bank with really, very little effort. It is an amazing study of gambling addiction, the behaviors, the feelings, and the results.
It is dated but I really enjoyed the book.
More relevant today since we are rapidly moving towards a casino on every corner of America.
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