Bad Bet on the Bayou : The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards

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"All my life I had heard tales of the morass of special favors and outright corruption that is, historically, the world of Louisiana politics. But I had no idea. Tyler Bridges impressively shows just how many shenanigans went on in the birth and growth of gambling in Louisiana and how it ultimately contributed to the criminal prosecution of Edwin Edwards. In the process he takes us on a tour of those famous smoky back rooms and through the avarices of some of the state's most influential movers and shakers." - Rick Bragg, author of All Over but the Shoutin'

"A riveting saga of political corruption...No investigative reporter has a shrewder grasp of Louisiana politics than Tyler Bridges." - Douglas Brinkley, Director of the Eisenhower Center and Professor of History at the University of New Orleans

"Bridges writes with command and ease about this byzantine and squalid enterprise…Highly entertaining" - Kirkus Reviews

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Hardcover - 408 pages (May 2001) Farrar Straus & Giroux; ISBN: 0374108307

 

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The Rise of David Duke

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"Tyler Bridges, one of the top political reporters in the South, has written an outstanding biography of one of the South's most notorious politicians, the irrepressible David Duke. Thoroughly researched, wonderfully written and a compulsive read, Bridges' book helps us understand Duke's amazing appeal. In a brilliant conclusion, Bridges provides a penetrating analysis of the Edwin Edwards-Duke race for governor - and shows us why we are not done with David Duke." - best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose

"A sobering, solidly researched portrait of the politically adept ``twisted fanatic'' who gained a majority of white votes in two statewide Louisiana races. A New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter who covered Duke's senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns from 1990 to 1992, Bridges speculates that Duke, a junior high school outcast whose father was often absent and whose mother was often drunk, found order and release in Nazi ideology. The rest of his book covers Duke's past..." - Kirkus Reviews

 

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Paperback - 300 pages (September 1995) Univ Pr of Mississippi (Trd); ISBN: 087805684X ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.95 x 8.96 x 5.98

 
 
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