I wanna know what books, people are reading, feel free to offer reviews.
I'll get the ball rolling with a book I have just finished.
The Man Behind the Shades: The Rise and Fall of Stuey 'The Kid' Ungar, Poker's Greatest Player by Nolan Dalla & Peter Alson.
I picked this book up with the intention of learning about professional play, instead I found myself utterly compelled, by a riveting life story.
Stuey Ungar was the son of an illegal bookmaker in new york city, such was his talent for cards he was funded by new york crime syndicates at the age of just 13, as an adult he won the world series of poker 3 times, he won millions playing cards but lost millions betting on sports. Destitute, 10 years after he won his second world title, he borrowed $10,000 to enter the tournament, he won it for a third time. Needless to say, it did not take long for him to lose the money, his addiction to not just Gambling, but, Cocaine & Crack, was ferocious, he died aged 47, broke & cracked up, to the eyeballs, in a filthy hotel room.
This book has it all, it could quite easily be a novel, one of the best biographies i have read in many a year. And to think, I didn't even know who he was, when I picked up the book.
Stuey Ungar R.I.P