High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction
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Amazing insight I have never gambled in my life. Ever, yet this was an engaging book to read. First, the introduction is heartbreaking. Even though the author perhaps wasn't as bad off as some people with gambling addictions, it was still hard to read about his struggles. "It's not easy to write these things. Th. Illuminating look into America's gambling addiction Alan A. Elsner Sam Skolnik makes an admission right upfront in this penetrating look into America's gambling habit: he himself has been grappling with a gambling addiction for the past 10 years.It has not killed him or driven him into bankruptcy or to suicide or to drugs or crime -- but it has degraded his perf. "The stakes are high and getting higher" according to N. B. Kennedy. This is an extremely well-researched and reported book about the gambling life and the toll it takes on individuals and on society. The author examines not only the end result of gambling, but also its roots, the reason games of chance appeal to the human psyche.Mr. Skolnik delves deeply into fac
Today, legalized gambling has morphed into a $119 billion industry established in all but two states. In High Stakes, we meet politicians eager to promote legalized gambling as an economic cure-all, scientists wrestling with the meaning of gambling addiction, and players so caught up in the chase that they’ve lost their livelihoods and their minds.From the Hardcover edition.. Millions of Americans are being asked to decide: are the benefits worth the costs? With a blend of investigative journalism and poignant narratives of gambling addiction, award-winning journalist Sam Skolnik provides an in-depth exploration of the consequences of this national phenomenon. As elected officials are urging voters to expand gambling’s reach, the industry’s supporters and their impassioned detractors are squaring off in prolonged state-by-state battles. What the explosive growth of legalized gambling means socially, politically, and economically for America.Forty years ago, casinos were legal in just one state
“This important book will be of interest to all Americans but should be required reading for politicians who see gambling as a panacea for their state’s fiscal problems.”—Library Journal “Read this book: If you have a casino near your home. Propelled by the gambling industry’s promises of jobs and economic development, and ushered in by politicians assuring painless revenue streams, Skolnik reveals the truth in this important and long overdue book. If you know someone who gambles. With the research skills of a journalist, a cast of poignant characters, and a provocative personal story, Skolnik’s High Stakes is an important exposé.”—Sally Denton, investigative reporter and co-author of The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and its Hold on America“Skolnik rips off the sparkly silicone sheen of glamour that coats the Las Vegas Str
Sam Skolnik began his journalism career as a news aide and freelance writer for the Washington Post. He went on to report for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Las Vegas Sun and has also written about gambling for the New York Times and Salon.From the Hardcover edition.