An exploration of rare and priceless manuscripts from museums around the world, this survey features nearly 200 photographic facsimiles that depict ancestors of the modern book. Contributions from numerous people and cultures include ancient sources of Greece and Rome, central and southern Asia, Africa, pre-Columbian America, the Far East, and Europe.
Amusing and Instructive Reading Matter for All Who Wish to Improve Their English
Author: Jojo Dee
This book is a simple collection of old stories, amusing and instructive but especially edited to be useful reading matter to all those young and ambitious men and women whose mother tongue is not English but who now realize the necessity of speaking and writing good English in order to progress in their chosen careers. It should appeal particularly to such persons in the Far East and in Central and Southern America.
More than fifty specialists have contributed to this new edition of volume 4 of The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. The design of the original work has established itself so firmly as a workable solution to the immense problems of analysis, articulation and coordination that it has been retained in all its essentials for the new edition. The task of the new contributors has been to revise and integrate the lists of 1940 and 1957, to add materials of the following decade, to correct and refine the bibliographical details already available, and to re-shape the whole according to a new series of conventions devised to give greater clarity and consistency to the entries.
Horse racing in America dates back to the colonial era when street races were a common occurrence. The commercialization of horse racing produced a sport that would briefly surpass all others in popularity, with annual races such as the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes growing to rank among America’s most celebrated sporting events. From the very onset, horse racing and gambling were intertwined. As the popularity of racing and betting grew, so, too, did the controversies and corruption. Yet, despite the best efforts of social reformers, bookmakers stubbornly plied their trade, adapting and evolving as horse racing gave way to team sports as the backbone of their business. In Sports Betting and Bookmaking: An American History, Arne K. Lang provides a sweeping overview of legal and illegal sports and race betting in the United States, from the first thoroughbred meet at Saratoga in 1863 through the modern day. The cultural war between bookmakers and their adversaries is a recurring theme, as bookmakers were often forced into the shadows during times of social reform, only to bloom anew when the time was ripe. While much of bookmaking’s history takes place in New York, other locales such as Chicago, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City—not to mention Cyberspace—are also discussed in this volume. A comprehensive exploration of the evolution of bookmaking—including the legal developments and technological advancements that have taken place over the years—Sports Betting and Bookmaking is a fascinating read. This informative and engaging book will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about America’s long history with gambling on horse racing and team sports.
One Hundred Hints is the long-awaited sequel to Mark Coton's best selling book Value Betting. In Value Betting, Mark concentrated on outlining his unique insights into how to beat the bookmaker; in this engaging and innovative new book, he tells us how to capitalise on those insights, as well as identifying many of the bad habits which often spoil our betting. One Hundred Hints begins with a look into the mind of the professional gambler, then proceeds to examine all stages of the betting process, from preparing selections and assessing value, to the vital matter of accurate and consistent staking. The Hints are interspersed with excerpts from Mark's betting diary kept during the 1993 Flat Season, and with many amusing tales from over fifteen years of serious betting, notably the years Mark spent formulating the ground-breaking Pricewise column in the Racing Post. Refreshingly honest, and written in Coton' s easily-accessible style, One Hundred Hints is part-confession, and part-celebration of the maddening business of betting, and must not be missed by anybody who has ever struck a bet in anger, or intends to in future!
Horse Racing, Politics, and Organized Crime in New York 1865–1913
Author: Steven A. Riess
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Category: Sports & Recreation
Thoroughbred racing was one of the first major sports in early America. Horse racing thrived because it was a high-status sport that attracted the interest of both old and new money. It grew because spectators enjoyed the pageantry, the exciting races, and, most of all, the gambling. As the sport became a national industry, the New York metropolitan area, along with the resort towns of Saratoga Springs (New York) and Long Branch (New Jersey), remained at the center of horse racing with the most outstanding race courses, the largest purses, and the finest thoroughbreds. Riess narrates the history of horse racing, detailing how and why New York became the national capital of the sport from the mid-1860s until the early twentieth century. The sport’s survival depended upon the racetrack being the nexus between politicians and organized crime. The powerful alliance between urban machine politics and track owners enabled racing in New York to flourish. Gambling, the heart of racing’s appeal, made the sport morally suspect. Yet democratic politicians protected the sport, helping to establish the State Racing Commission, the first state agency to regulate sport in the United States. At the same time, racetracks became a key connection between the underworld and Tammany Hall, enabling illegal poolrooms and off-course bookies to operate. Organized crime worked in close cooperation with machine politicians and local police officers to protect these illegal operations. In The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime, Riess fills a long-neglected gap in sports history, offering a richly detailed and fascinating chronicle of thoroughbred racing’s heyday.