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Saloon Craps Table -- USA, c.1900
A Selected Bibliography
of Classic Fiction
and Non-Fiction
Gambling Books
and Website Links



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Biographies
Abbott, Shirley, THE BOOKMAKER'S DAUGHTER: A MEMORY UNBOUND, 1991
Alson, Peter, CONFESSIONS OF AN IVY LEAGUE BOOKIE, 1996
Berman, Susan, EASY STREET, THE TRUE STORY OF A MOB FAMILY, 1981
Blyth, Henry, HELL & HAZARD OR WILLIAM CROCKFORD...1969
Bonanno, Joseph, A MAN OF HONOR, 1983
Bonanno, Rosalie, MAFIA MARRIAGE, 1990
Clarke, Donald H., IN THE REIGN OF ROTHSTEIN, 1930
Dawson, Elizabeth, MOTHER MADE A BOOK, 1919 [1962 reprint]
Demaris, Ovid, THE LAST MAFIOSO: [JIMMY THE WEASEL FRATIANNO], 1981
Dey, Thomas Henry, LEAVES FROM A BOOKMAKER'S BOOK, 1910, 1931
Dostoyevsky, F., THE GAMBLER, trans: J Coulson, 1966
Gardiner, Alexander, CANFIELD, TRUE STORY OF THE GREATEST GAMBLER, 1930
Giancana, Antoinette, MAFIA PRINCESS, 1984
Giancana, Sam, DOUBLE CROSS, 1992
Jimmy, The Greek, JIMMY THE GREEK BY HIMSELF, 1975
Katcher, L., THE BIG BANKROLL: LIFE & TIMES OF A. ROTHSTEIN, 1959
Katz, L., UNCLE FRANK: THE BIOGRAPHY OF FRANK COSTELLO, 1974
Kobler, J., CAPONE, 1971
Lacey, R., LITTLE MAN: MEYER LANSKY & THE GANGSTER LIFE, 1991
Mayer, Gary, BOOKIE: MY LIFE IN DISORGANIZED CRIME, 1974
McPhaul, J., JOHNNY TORRIO, 1970
Moore, Robin, MAFIA WIFE, 1977
Ness, Eliot, THE UNTOUCHABLES: THE REAL STORY, 1957
O'Brien J., BOSS OF BOSSES: FBI & PAUL CASTELLANO, 1991
O'Neill, G., THE UNDER BOSS [BOSTON'S JERRRY ANGIULO], 1989
Offit, Sidney, MEMOIR OF THE BOOKIE'S SON, 1996
Pasley, F., AL CAPONE, 1938
Phipps, Herb, BILL KYNE OF BAY MEADOWS, 1978
Puzio, Mario, THE LAST DON, 1996
Richardson, J., MEMOIR OF A GAMBLER, 1979
Roemer, W.F., THE ENFORCER, 1994
Roemer, W.F., ACCARDO, THE GENUINE GODFATHER, 1995
Ross, Gary, NO LIMIT--THE INCREDIBLE OBSESSION OF BRIAN MOLONY, 1987
Scarne, John, THE ODDS AGAINST ME [autobiography], 1966
Smith, Harold, I WANT TO QUIT WINNERS, 1961
Smith, J., NO LIMIT--[BOB STUPAK & THE LAS VEGAS STRATOSPHERE], 1997
Soares, J., LOADED DICE: TRUE STORY OF A CASINO CHEAT, 1985
Talese, Gay, HONOR THY FATHER, 1971
Wolf, George, FRANK COSTELLO, PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNDERWORLD, 1974


Bookmaking
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Fiction
Bush, Christopher, THE CASE OF THE BENEVOLENT BOOKIE, 1956
Colbeck, Alfred, THE FALL OF THE STAINCLIFFES, 1890
Erdman, Paul, THE PALACE [novel], 1987
Hagan, A., THE DAY THE BOOKIES TOOK A BATH, 1971
Johnston, D., TEMPLES OF CHANCE, 1992
Kalich, R., THE HANDICAPPER, A NOVEL ABOUT OBSESSIVE GAMBLING, 1981
Mastroly & Heimer, PITTSBURGH PHIL [a biographical novel], 1960
Murray, W., THE KING OF THE NIGHTCAP [novel], 1989
Puzio, Mario, THE GODFATHER, 1969
Sandoz, Mari, SON OF THE GAMBLIN' MAN [a biographical novel], 1960


History
Asbury, Herbert, SUCKER'S PROGRESS, 1938
Asbury, Herbert, THE CHICAGO UNDERWORLD [orig title: GEM OF THE PRAIRIE], 1940
Ashton, John, THE HISTORY OF GAMBLING IN ENGLAND, 1899
Bernstein, P. L., AGAINST THE GODS, THE REMARKABLE STORY OF RISK, 1996
Blyth, Henry, HELL & HAZARD OR WILLIAM CROCKFORD...1969
Chafetz, H., PLAY THE DEVIL, 1960
Cotton, Charles, COMPLEAT GAMESTER, 1674 (1972 reprnt)
DeArment, Robert, KNIGHTS OF THE GREEN CLOTH, 1982
Demaris, Ovid, CAPTIVE CITY: CHICAGO IN CHAINS, 1969
Findlay, John M., PEOPLE OF CHANCE -- GAMBLING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY, 1986
Hammar, R., PLAYBOY'S ILLUS HISTORY OF ORGANIZED CRIME, 1975
Messick & Goldblatt. ONLY GAME IN TOWN, ILLUS HISTORY OF GAMBLING, 1976
Mastroly & Heimer, PITTSBURGH PHIL [a biographical novel], 1960
Nevill, Ralph, LIGHT COME LIGHT GO: GAMBLING, GAMESTERS, WAGERS, THE TURF, 1890
Pileggi, N., CASINO, 1995
Porrello, R., THE RISE & FALL OF THE CLEVELAND MAFIA, 1995
Reid, Ed., THE GREEN FELT JUNGLE, 1963
Sasuly, R. BOOKIES & BETTERS: 200 YEARS OF GAMBLING, 1982
Steinmetz, Andrew: THE GAMING TABLE, 1969 [2 vols.],1870
Sullivan, G., BY CHANCE A WINNER, THE HISTORY OF LOTTERIES, 1972
Time-Life, THE GAMBLERS [OLD WEST SERIES], 1980
Wendt & Kogan, BET A MILLION, THE STORY OF JOHN W. GATES, 1948


Special Topics
Bass, T., THE EUDAEMONIC PIE, 1985
Betts, T., ACROSS THE BOARD, 1956
Cornish, D. B., GAMBLING: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE, 1978
Fraley, Oscar, THE LAST OF THE UNTOUCHABLES, 1976
Gabree, J., GANGSTERS FROM LITTLE CAESAR TO THE GODFATHER, 1973
Gabree, J., Gage, N., MAFIA USA, 1972
Goren, C., GO WITH THE ODDS, 1969
Hoffman Jr., W. THE LOSER: CONFESSION OF A COMPUSIVE GAMBLER, 1968
Hutchens, J., THE GAMBLER'S BEDSIDE BOOK, 1977
Kefauver, Estes, CRIME IN AMERICA, 1951
Lait, J., CHICAGO CONFIDENTIAL, 1950
Landesco, John, ORGANIZED CRIME IN CHICAGO, 1968
Lyle, J., THE DRY AND LAWLESS YEARS, 1961
Maas, Peter, THE VALACHI PAPERS, 1969
Mason, B. GAMBLERS, GRIFTERS & GOOD OL' BOYS, 1986
McClellan, John L., CRIME WITHOUT PUNISHMENT, 1962
Moore, W., THE KEFAUVER COMMITTEE & POLITICS OF CRIME 1950-52, 1974
Newman, David, ed.: ESQUIRE'S BOOK OF GAMBLING, 1962
O'Brien, T. L., BAD BET, INSIDE STORY...GAMBLING INDUSTRY, 1998
Orkin, Mike, CAN YOU WIN, 1991
Pearl, R., LAS VEGAS IS MY BEAT, 1973
Pullinger, Kate, A GAMBLING BOX, 1993
Puzio, Mario, INSIDE LAS VEGAS, 1977
Quinn, J.P., GAMBLING AND GAMING DEVICES, [1912], 1969
Reid, Ed., GRIM REAPERS, ANTATOMY OF ORGANIZED CRIME IN AM., 1970
Roemer, W.F., MAN AGAINST THE MOB, 1984
Roemer, W.F., WAR OF THE GODFATHERS, 1990
Scarne, SCARNE'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO GAMBLING, 1961
Scarne, SCARNE'S NEW COMPLETE GUIDE TO GAMBLING, 1974
Sharpe, Graham, THE WORLD'S BEST GAMBLING JOKES, 1992
Sifakis, C. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GAMBLING, 1990
Smith, A., SYNDICATE CITY--CHICAGO..., 1954
Spanier, D., EASY MONEY: INSIDE THE GAMBLERS MIND, 1987
Sullivan, Ed., CHICAGO CRIME [orig: RATTLING THE CUP...], 1929
Thompson, Hunter S., LEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, 1971
Villiod, E.,THE STEALING MACHINE, 1906
Wade, H., THE GREATEST GAMBLING STORIES EVER TOLD, 1973
Weaver, W., LADY LUCK: THE THEORY OF PROBABILITY, 1963
Wykes, Alan, THE COMPLET ILLUST. GUIDE TO GAMBLING, 1964
Zion, S., LOYALTY & BETRAYAL: STORY OF THE AMERICAN MOB, 1994


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