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Cowboys Full - The Story of Poker

James McManus

From James McManus, author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate. Cowboys Full is the story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global-but especially an American-phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and, with a few extra cards and an entrepreneurial spirit, turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War. From the kitchen-table games of ordinary citizens to its influence on generals and diplomats, poker has gone hand in hand with our national experience. Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama have deployed poker and its strategies to explain policy, to relax with friends, to negotiate treaties and crises, and as a political networking tool. The ways we all do battle and business are echoed by poker tactics: cheating and thwarting cheaters, leveraging uncertainty, bluffing and sussing out bluffers, managing risk and reward. Cowboys Full shows how what was once accurately called the cheater's game has become amostly honest contest of cunning, mathematical precision, and luck. It explains how poker, formerly dominated by cardsharps, is now the most popular card game in Europe, East Asia, Australia, South America, and cyberspace, as well as on television. It combines colorful history with firsthand experience from today's professional tour. And it examines poker's remarkable hold on American culture, from paintings by Frederic Remington to countless poker novels, movies, and plays. Braiding the thrill of individual hands with new ways of seeing poker's relevance to our military, diplomatic, business, and personal affairs, Cowboys Full is sure to become the classic account of America's favorite pastime.

From James McManus, author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate. Cowboys Full is the story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global-but especially an American-phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and, with a few extra cards and an entrepreneurial spirit, turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War. From the kitchen-table games of ordinary citizens to its influence on generals and diplomats, poker has gone hand in hand with our national experience. Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama have deployed poker and its strategies to explain policy, to relax with friends, to negotiate treaties and crises, and as a political networking tool. The ways we all do battle and business are echoed by poker tactics: cheating and thwarting cheaters, leveraging uncertainty, bluffing and sussing out bluffers, managing risk and reward. Cowboys Full shows how what was once accurately called the cheater's game has become amostly honest contest of cunning, mathematical precision, and luck. It explains how poker, formerly dominated by cardsharps, is now the most popular card game in Europe, East Asia, Australia, South America, and cyberspace, as well as on television. It combines colorful history with firsthand experience from today's professional tour. And it examines poker's remarkable hold on American culture, from paintings by Frederic Remington to countless poker novels, movies, and plays. Braiding the thrill of individual hands with new ways of seeing poker's relevance to our military, diplomatic, business, and personal affairs, Cowboys Full is sure to become the classic account of America's favorite pastime.
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From James McManus, author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate. Cowboys Full is the story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global-but especially an American-phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and, with a few extra cards and an entrepreneurial spirit, turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War. From the kitchen-table games of ordinary citizens to its influence on generals and diplomats, poker has gone hand in hand with our national experience. Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama have deployed poker and its strategies to explain policy, to relax with friends, to negotiate treaties and crises, and as a political networking tool. The ways we all do battle and business are echoed by poker tactics: cheating and thwarting cheaters, leveraging uncertainty, bluffing and sussing out bluffers, managing risk and reward. Cowboys Full shows how what was once accurately called the cheater's game has become amostly honest contest of cunning, mathematical precision, and luck. It explains how poker, formerly dominated by cardsharps, is now the most popular card game in Europe, East Asia, Australia, South America, and cyberspace, as well as on television. It combines colorful history with firsthand experience from today's professional tour. And it examines poker's remarkable hold on American culture, from paintings by Frederic Remington to countless poker novels, movies, and plays. Braiding the thrill of individual hands with new ways of seeing poker's relevance to our military, diplomatic, business, and personal affairs, Cowboys Full is sure to become the classic account of America's favorite pastime.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Oliver Wyman

Length:

7h 32m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:23


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:04


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:20


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:46


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:13


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:08


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:28


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:11


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:06


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:07


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:20


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:19


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:51


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:29


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:27


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:43


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:13


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:03


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:45


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:28