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High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction

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What the explosive growth of legalized gambling means socially, politically, and economically for America.

Forty years ago, casinos were legal in just one state. Today, legalized gambling has morphed into a $119 billion industry established in all but two states. As elected officials are urging voters to expand gambling’s reach, the industry’s supporters and their impassio
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Beacon Press
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Nancy Kennedy
Feb 03, 2012 Nancy Kennedy rated it really liked it
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 facets of gambling that I've never seen addressed before; for example, the particular allure of gambling in Asian cultures. He interviews dozens of people, gamblers themselves as well as those involved in b
Ruth Lindemann
May 23, 2013 Ruth Lindemann rated it really liked it
Skolnik's book taps into a lot of research and, most important, explores the links between gambling research funding by the gambling industry and types of research that get funded and how it is used, and potentially abused. At the same time he presents the research fairly and honestly. This analysis alone makes this book highly valuable. The issues related to online gambling will remain a moving target, but the information he provides is an excellent starting point. But another value to the book ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Andy rated it it was ok
Book felt incomplete and unevenly researched. Unfortunate perhaps that the chapter on internet poker was written immediately before Black Friday, a keystone event in the history and future of internet gambling. Nonetheless, overall an ok introduction to many of the issues involved and a jumping off place for further research.
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Sam Skolnik began his journalism career as a news aide and freelance writer for the Washington Post. He went on to report for the Legal Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Las Vegas Sun. He's won several national journalism awards and was selected to be a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow for 2007-08.
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