Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything

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Pan Macmillan, Jul 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages

Titanic Thompson is the rollicking true story of one of the most charismatic characters in twentieth-century America. Travelling only with his golf clubs, a .45 revolver, and a suitcase full of cash, this is the legendary tale of a man who was married five times to five different girls, all teenagers on their wedding day. He killed five men, though he’d say ‘they’d all agree they had it coming to them’. He won and lost millions in a time when being a millionaire still really meant something.

Filled with fascinating facts and famous faces – Harry Houdini, Al Capone, Lee Trevino, Arnold Rothstein and Jean Harlow all make appearances – this is a brilliant and compelling snapshot of life on the road in freewheelin’ America.

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About the author (2011)

Kevin Cook is the author of Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet On Everything. His previous book, Tommy’s Honour, was shortlisted for the William Hill Prize, and although it didn’t win, the Daily Telegraph called it ‘the stand-out book on a strong short list’. He writes for numerous magazines and has appeared on ESPN and CNN. He lives in New York.

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