Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise and Fall of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fate of Governor Edwin Edwards
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Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise and Fall of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fate of Governor Edwin Edwards

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Louisiana is our most exotic state. It is religious and roguish, a place populated by Cajuns, Creoles, Rednecks, and Bible-thumpers. It is a state that loves good food, good music, and good times. Laissez les bons temps rouler -- let the good times roll -- is the unofficial motto. Louisiana is also excessively corrupt.

In the 1990s, it plunged headlong into legalized gambli...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 15th 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2001)
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I love Louisiana for a lot of reasons. My first trip there (without family) was my sophomore year in college when my beloved Gators won their first national championship against the team of my youth, the Florida State Seminoles. More than that though, Louisiana in general, and especially New Orleans, is a place where the word “place” means something. Like a lot of places in the South, to go there is different from going to other places. It is not just about the sweet tea or the Cajun accents, or...more
This was an insightful view into Louisiana politics. Unfortunately, it's also easy to see how such an in-depth study of domestic corruption was probably lost in the aftermath of 9/11. Foreign policy, however, has done nothing to change the issues at play in Louisiana, as Katrina and now the oil disaster reveal. This book that examines a 4-term governor and his legacy and offers a good study in some of the forces that have kept Louisiana from developing a more diverse and solid economy.
It's been over 15 years since I lived in NOLA and I had forgotten how corrupt the place was. This book brought it all back. I gave it 5 stars because this book can be appreciated and enjoyed by those who have never enjoyed the greatness that is New Orleans and Louisiana.
Having lived there when the Attorney General went to prison for perjury, nothing surpises. I was able to get as far as the the story about a college classmate begging for his life from mobsters. A good story, but a lot of detail to plow through.
Julianna I
Read this book and you will forever understand the depth of New Orleans corruption. To me, it was fascinating.
An unreal look at the corruption that is a way of life of politics in Louisiana.
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