Dealing from the Bottom of the Deck

The latest book from investigative journalist Brian Saady examines America’s hypocritical — and absurdly foolish — gambling laws. In “Dealing from the Bottom of the Deck,” Saady exposes how corrupt politicians, working in cooperation with select casinos and organized crime, enrich themselves and bankrupt (or imprison) others, all the while touting their moral niceties. Meticulously researched and extensively footnoted, “Dealing” provides rich historical context augmented by colorful anecdotes, helping the reader understand how we’ve gotten this far (or this low, depending on your politics). As in his previous book about the failed War on Drugs, Saady is best when explaining how complex financial chicanery (in the form of derivatives) pulled off by “too big to fail” banks dwarf the costs and social ills of casino gambling. Cogent, clear and convincing, “Dealing” is an essential entry in the gambling canon.

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