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Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs and Binion's World Series of Poker by James McManus

In Positively Fifth Street, author and poet James McManus tells his story about being sent to Las Vegas by Harper's magazine to cover the World Series of Poker. Instead of reporting on it, McManus used the $4000 advance from Harper's to enter himself into the tournament. And almost won the whole thing. McManus's new book tells the story of his exploits during that trip, not just the tension and adrenaline of no limit Texas hold'em against the world's best players, but the temptations of Sin City on a family man, and the sensational murder trial of one of Las Vegas's most famous characters at the same time. It's a surreal trip through America's most surreal city, written by a man who experienced it instead of just reporting on it. The San Jose Mercury News calls Positively Fifth Street "the damnedest story ever told."
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