You Bet Your Life

The Burdens of Gambling

  • Engels
  • 1e druk
  • 9780813121956
  • juni 2001
  • 288 pagina's
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We are a nation of gamblers: parimutuel wagering at horse tracks; black-jack in Las Vegas; the NCAA basketball office pool; even day trading on the internet. Gambling is both our national pastime and our predominant cultural metaphor - play the field; beat the odds; take a chance on love. Yet gambling poses serious risks to individuals and to society as a whole. Neil Isaacs - sports historian, licensed clinical social worker, English professor, and a gambler himself for more than fifty years - seeks to shatter the myths interfering with our understanding of gambling addiction, its causes, and its treatment. He begins by systematically debunking several commonly held beliefs, demonstrating that there is no such thing as the law of averages, that gambling is not inherently sinful, immoral, or criminal, and that money is not always the prime motivator for gamblers. Isaacs shows how habitual gambling can lead to compulsive gambling, but avoids oversimplifying this condition. Arguing against an undifferentiated interpretation of pathological gambling as a simple impulse control disorder, he draws examples from fiction, film, and his own practice to demonstrate additional ways gambling can be abused. A radical departure from established views, You Bet Your Life identifies the costs - in dollars, people, families, and credit ratings - of society's failure to address adequately the burdens of gambling.

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An absorbing read... and quite possibly a realistic rescuer for the truly addicted and pathological victim. -- The Gold Sheet Everything you've ever wanted to know about gambling and gamblers -- and then some -- is here in Neil Isaac's wonderfully informative and fascinating book. -- Jay Neugeboren His view of the gambler is holistic, and his unwillingness to take a one-dimensional view of gambling behavior and treatment is refreshing and admirable. -- James F. Smith A comprehensive and intelligent study of gambling and the gambler...informative, most engaging, and of immediate value to those attempting to offer help to the pathological gambling. -- Irvin Yalom The writing is smooth, and the pace is fast. -- Choice To his social and psychological concerns Isaacs adds an interest in the literature of gambling. -- American Literary Scholarship

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Taal
Engels
Verschijningsdatum
juni 2001
Druk
1e druk
Afmetingen
18,4 x 15,9 x 2,5 cm
Aantal pagina's
288 pagina's
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Met illustraties

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Auteur
Neil D. Isaacs
Uitgever
The University Press Of Kentucky

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9780813121956

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Bindwijze
Hardcover
Editie
illustrated edition
Extra groot lettertype
Nee
Subtitel
The Burdens of Gambling

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