Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker
Picador, Softcover, $18.00
Let's cut right to the chase. You have 12 shopping days until Christmas. If there is a poker fan on your gift list, this right here is the answer to your gift giving questions.
The folks at Picador were kind enough to send me a copy of Cowboys Full to review. I have been working my way through it, slowly, and it's been a very enjoyable read. You may know Jim McManus for his book Positively Fifth Street, his account of a trip to cover the World Series of Poker and the murder trial of the killer of casino heir Ted Binion. McManus knows poker.
Cowboys Full covers huge swaths of poker history, from riverboat gamblers to today's internet whiz kids. It's like having an encyclopedia of the history of the game at your finger tips, with many of the great moments and characters covered in brilliant detail. It's just a good read.
If you enjoy poker, get this book.