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Honest Sid: Memoir of a Gambling Man

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  14 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
If you're going to live outside the law, you'd better be honest. This seeming paradox was the operating principle of Sid Probstein's life. Guileless and endlessly optimistic, he was known as Honest Sid around his stomping ground of New York's Broadway. Sid wasn't a tough guy, or even a bad guy. He just never had the patience for the "straight" life, grinding out a living a ...more
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Published May 21st 2009 by (first published 2009)
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Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Honest Sid by Ronald Probstein is the heart-warming, extremely honest and vividly detailed account of the author's early life experiences and upbringing in betting parlours, fighter gyms, cigar shops and endless places of residence with his handsome, gentle natured, loveable rogue of a father, Sid. We follow the family through good times and bad, through the war years and in peace time,and feel their love but also their pain.
This captivating and compelling read will keep you page turning from th
Debbie Madrid
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Although I did enjoy reading this book it has too many facts and not enough flow. Its not really the memoir of a gambling man, but the story of a boy with a bookie father. Its a fast read with historic notes about the war and NY.
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honest Sid is the memoir of Sid Probstein, a happy-go-lucky chancer in Depression-era New York, told through the eyes of his son, Ronald (now a professor at MIT). The book begins with the rather humorous scene of Sid, his wife Sally and young Ronald having to scarper from their current home through an outside fire escape after failing to pay their rent.

And herein lies the basic premise for the book as we see the type of up and down existence that Sid subjected his loving wife and son to. From th
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sid-- He was an honest crook. Impossible? I thought so too before I read this novel, but Sid was walking evidence that crooks aren't all bad guys. He was a genuinely nice guy that had one passion in life, betting. That's what he was good at and he couldn't picture anything else. His son, our eyes, often wonders why he won't just get a real job, especially when times get tough. They hit rock bottom during the depression but Sid keeps on smiling and assuring us that everyt
Victoria Brinius
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a book about a child's admiration for his father. Sid is a Gambler. He gambles with money, and the well being of his family. However he is also a smooth talker and all around nice guy. What normally seems like breaking the law, seems like an addiction for Sid. The beginning was slow to get started. Ronald is writing a memoir about his father, before Ronald is born, and that is why the beginning was not that involved. As the book progressed and Ronald's memories were clearer the book was ...more
Jinah Fortich
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
i like how this memoir was honestly written as it showcased how a man, a Ronald's father in that sense, modeled and sculpted his son's life. this is an awesome read for everyone because we all have fathers who we looked up to and respect. Reading the book made me missed my father who has passed away and remember the life lessons he has taught us. i wouldn't be the person i am today if not for him.
this is emotionally stirring with a feel good reminiscence of the past memories. Enjoy! :)
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Emotional story from a boy point of view growing up in the 30's in New York. Author shared his personal tale about his father, who was not afraid of taking risk. How the young boy learned truth of life from his father, Author goes in to the details about his father gambling life and how all of this left prints on this boy's mind. Very touching story and a fast read, if you want a walk in to the past of a New yorker of that time this is for you.
Im a sucker for a good old gambling stories. To bad this doest have enough of it. Still a good book
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Ronald Probstein made it out of the Broadway street scene early in life. An eminent scientist, he is now Ford Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of ten critically acclaimed professional books. He is listed in "Who's Who in the World" and "Who's Who in America". He currently lives in Brookline,
Massachusetts with his wife, Irène.