Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker

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Book Description Viking, 2014. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Technically, a biography, but it reads like the best kind of crime dramawhere you find yourself rooting for the bad guy." The Daily Beast "[A] slam-bang thrill ride of a biography. Mr. Swanson, an ace investigative reporter who writes with a pulp-fiction swagger just right for his story's cuttroat anti-hero, is above all a historian who fixes Benny Binion in the context of his times. The World Series of Poker now takes place not at the Horseshoe but in the impersonal and cavernous convention halls of the Rio Hotel. It is somehow reassuring to know 'Blood Aces' will keep alive the story of how the great spectacle came to be, and of the violent man who dreamed it up." Peter Alson, The Wall Street Journal "If Binion had shuffled the deck himself, the beneficent, sometimes brutal gangster with the cocky grin and country twang couldn't have been dealt a more winning hand than born storyteller Swanson as biographer. Swanson, who got interested in Binion while covering the gambler's World Series of Poker, presents an especially well-crafted, fastidiously vetted and fun-to-read account complete with Benny-isms. For a book with a high body count, it's full of history, humor and little-known facts." Austin American-Statesman "A hard-edged history lesson about a Las Vegas casino man and his family in the days before our corporate media marketing when into overdrive." Las Vegas Review Journal "A book that's practically crying out to become a feature film. Binion would be quite memorable in it as a cowboy-hat-wearing version of Don Vito Corleone or Tony 'Scarface' Montana." Fort Worth Star Telegram "Laugh-out-loud funnyodd, since it's about a semi-illiterate gangster who left a trail of dead bodies from Dallas to Las Vegas. But Benny Binion was in many ways a true visionary, even if his methods and materials were far from ethical. [Swanson] does a bang-up job with this book. Names of famous people who knew and liked Benny Binion pop up like weeds on the pages of this highly readable biography. He wasn't a nice guy at all, but he remains a legend." Fort Worth Weekly " Fascinating, not only as a biography of a Las Vegas business icon but as a look at how the city operated in its golden era of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Blood Aces has a true-crime feel, but to describe it as such gives it short shrift. It's deeper than that. In a way, it's like Binion himself. The small-town Texan spoke and acted like a hick, with rumpled shirts and too-short ties. But the persona hid a complex, intelligent and, yes, infamous man." Las Vegas Sun Review " Binion's name has floated around the edge of the history of Texas, Las Vegas and organized crime for decades, but Swanson is the first to put all the pieces together. A cracking good biography, courtesy of a writer who writes the way Binion lived: fast and on the money." Allan Barra, The Dallas Morning News "Swanson captures his subject in all his antiheroical glory, uncovering sordid tales of fast living, corruption, and even murder." Charleston City Paper "If the late Benny Binion's life was ever to be made into a movie, now with Sam Peckinpah long gone, the rightful heir to what amounts to a biographical gold mine should fall to Quentin Tarentino. If and when that movie does get made, let's hope the masterful film director bases his first script on the new book written by Doug J. Swanson. Where author Swanson excels is in the juicy narrative, which is not only a page-turner filled with anticipation, but an often wickedly funny guilt trip for the reader. Explosions, shotgun blasts, and cold-blooded murders become moments of belletristic beauty." Nolan Dalla "[A] rollicking biography. A great piece of narrative nonfiction that reads like, well, a great crime novel. When Las Vegas gets its faux Mt. Rushmore (and can that day be far off?), Benny's mug will be there, right alongside Bugsy's." Booklist , starred review " Armchair detectiv. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0670026034

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