Titanic Thompson is the rollicking true story of one of the most charismatic characters in twentieth-century America. Travelling only with his golf clubs, a .45 revolver, and a suitcase full of cash, this is the legendary tale of a man who was married five times to five different girls, all teenagers on their wedding day. He killed five men, though he'd say 'they'd all agree they had it coming to them'. He won and lost millions in a time when being a millionaire still really meant something. Filled with fascinating facts and famous faces - Harry Houdini, Al Capone, Lee Trevino, Arnold Rothstein and Jean Harlow all make appearances - this is a brilliant and compelling snapshot of life on the road in freewheelin' America.
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Kevin Cook is the author of Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet On Everything. His previous book, Tommy's Honour, was shortlisted for the William Hill Prize, and although it didn't win, the Daily Telegraph called it 'the stand-out book on a strong short list'. He writes for numerous magazines and has appeared on ESPN and CNN. He lives in New York.From Publishers Weekly:
Cook (Tommy's Honor), a former Sports Illustrated editor, introduces his portrait of the larger-than-life "Titanic" Thompson (1892–1974) as a self-made man from the Ozarks who loved games of chance and had a knack for winning incredible sums of money. In a lyrical account of the gambling legend who inspired Damon Runyon's character Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), Cook describes Thompson as a "rogue wind that lifted girls' skirts and turned gamblers' pockets inside out." Thompson possessed the steel nerves of a card shark, the bravado of an outlaw, and the staying power of a satyr, preferring his girls young and pretty. Rumor has it that he drove a swank Pierce-Arrow (driving from town to town to ply his hustling trade), carried a gun (he reportedly killed five men) and a suitcase full of cash, and rubbed elbows with Houdini, Capone, and gamblers Arnold "the Brain" Rothstein and Nick the Greek. Thompson excelled at golf before PGA Tours began, competing with professional golfers Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. Cook's raucous narrative introduces readers to an eccentric, fascinating personality. 20 illus. (Nov.) (c)
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Book Description Picador. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, BRAND NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 256 pages. 'rip-roaring life of the model for Damon Runyon's Sky Masterton' --Sunday Times' Culture `Must Reads' 'Kevin Cook tells his life story as a sporting biography, offering card-by-card and stroke-by-stroke accounts of his greatest heists.' --Daily Express'Thompson's life is a blazing, wild whirlwind that barely slows down even when he ends up in a care home, waving $20 bills at his nurses asking them to undress. It's only February. A more colourful, exciting biography might emerge this year, but I wouldn't put money on it.' --The Times'A morality tale of sorts, perhaps, but none the worse for that and the story is told here with just the right pace and tone. Cook is good on the characters - Minnesota Fats, Capone, Rothstein, Hogan, Trvino - who washed through Thompson's life. He is good, too, on the speakeasies, hotel rooms, county jails, desert fairways and river-boats that formed its inevitable background.' --The Spectator'Another amazing life, this time that of Titanic Thompson, in a brilliant biography delivered in clipped, funny prose. A remarkable story, well told.' --Big Issue Titanic Thompson is a rollicking biography of one of the most charismatic characters in twentieth-century America. Like Howard Hughes or Bonnie and Clyde, Alvin Titanic Thompson was one of the great figures of this freewheeling era; the difference between them: hardly anyone knows Titanics name today. Travelling only with his golf clubs, a .45 revolver, and a suitcase full of cash, this is the legendary story of a man who was married five times to five different girls, the oldest just eighteen on her wedding day; of a man who murdered five men, though hed say theyd all agree they had it coming to them; and of a man who won and lost millions when a pro golfer would earn $10, 000 a year, he was playing single holes for $20, 000. Bookseller Inventory # 10788
Book Description Picador USA, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0330529943
Book Description Picador USA, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110330529943