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Book Title: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions|
The author of the book: Ben Mezrich
Edition: Free Press
Date of issue: September 17th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780743225700
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 6.5
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I love books about casinos! There really aren't enough of them. Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions follows six M.I.T. students who form a blackjack card-counting team. There were so many interesting nuggets of information throughout this gem. If I hadn't know that this was non-fiction prior to having read it, I would have thought that this was a literary thriller.
Did you know card-counting is not cheating? Apparently, it isn't. If you don't alter the outcome of the game in anyway, which you don't when counting cards, then you are not cheating. However, casinos don't look upon card-counters too kindly. Casinos have their own set of rules for handling card-counters.. involving ending up in back-rooms. It's all very mafia-like.
I read this book for my popsugar challenge, for the prompt "a book involving a heist" but I would have read this anyway. This was a page-turner of the highest-order. This was Ben Mezrich's first foray into non-fiction. He has written several other pieces of non-fiction, including Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions, Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai, and Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History. In addition, there is also a "semi-sequel" to this book, entitled Busting Vegas: A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds.
I'd recommend this to anyone who likes the Ocean's movies and the movie that this book was based on, 21.
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Read information about the authorBen Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality.
With his newest non-fiction book, Once Upon a Time in Russia, Mezrich tells his most incredible story yet: A true drama of obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal from deep inside the world of billionaire Russian Oligarchs.
Mezrich has authored sixteen books, with a combined printing of over four million copies, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and sold over 2 million copies in fifteen languages. His book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal – debuted at #4 on the New York Times list and spent 18 weeks in hardcover and paperback, as well as hit bestseller lists in over a dozen countries. The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network –written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher – and was #1 at the box office for two weeks, won Golden Globes for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best score, and was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 3 including best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. Mezrich and Aaron Sorkin shared a prestigious Scripter Award for best adapted screenplay as well.