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Bust: How I Gambled and Lost a Fortune, Brought Down a Bank--and Lived to Pay for It Hardcover – February 27, 2007

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About the Author

Adam Resnick grew up in a typical middle-class Wisconsin household. From early childhood, he exhibited behavioral patterns that would later define and drive his gambling. Before his indictment in 2005, he had built a successful career as a health care entrepreneur. In January 2007, after pleading guilty to wire fraud, Resnick began a forty-two-month term in federal prison.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061341363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061341366
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jbengtson on January 29, 2011
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First of all, I will go on record and say that this book is almost impossible to put down once you start reading it. I heard the author on a local Chicago radio show and his life seemed like a total roller-coaster of a ride and I thought I've got to read more about this guy. I bought the book and think I read the entire thing in about 2 days. No doubt the author is a very smart guy in his businesses, but just goes to show you how one's life can get turned upside down within the world of gambling and chance.

This book is a MUST READ for anyone who loves stories about ordinary people that defy the odds of survival with the the mob, Las Vegas casinos, the government and various other nefarious characters chomping on your heels. I still can't imagine living this guys life for even one day. Wow. A+++. Outstanding book.
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By M. Buonagura on December 8, 2009
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Great book. I had a hard time putting it down and read it in no time. Tragic story. I would not read the very end because it bothered me. Thanks Mark.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Watchdog on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Resnick wants us to believe two things: 1. That he has accepted full responsibility and is fully accountable for his actions. 2. That he's a really good guy, and all the bad things he did were the results of his addiction to gambling. I'm not fully sold on either point.

He does say the right things many different times in the book - that it was his fault, his bad decisions, etc. But he says other things that still seem to blame or at least imply that other people are partly responsible.

In chapter 11, while awaiting trial, he runs into an old acguaintance who used to book sports his sports bets during Resnick's college days. The bookie (named Green) says that he knew Resnick was sick, and should have done something about it. Resnick's response starts off with "Hey, I was the one making the choices." But the very next thing he says is "It's inherently more natural, and easier, to be a enabler then an intervener. If the opposite were true, society would be better off."

Does that really sound like someone taking full responsibility for their actions? To me, the unspoken message is "If only more people had helped me by not allowing me to continue gambling, I wouldn't have gotten into so much trouble." He does a similar thing later in the book when he finally sees a therapist about his gambling addiction.

But he's a nice guy when not consumed by gambling, right? Well, it's hard to say, in part because as a gambling addict, there are very few moments in the book where's he not thinking about gambling. But read the beginning of chapter ten, when he says horrible things to his college girlfriend (his future wife) when she refuses to let him cheat off of her paper.

I hope he stays away from gambling when he gets out of prison. But I wouldn't bet on it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RealDeal on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a very well-written book that provides good entertaining reading while attempting to at the same time to reach out to people and family members in the need of help (to show them how ugly things can get when gambling takes over your life).

Hey "EyeInTheSky"? Do you have a life? Or do you just visit these postings daily and try to ridicule them out of angst, bitterness, and jealousy? You ridiculed Mr. Sanjay about being honest and telling it like it is; why don't you stop hiding behind your post-name and reveal your real name and insecurity as to your knowledge/involvement in Mr. Resnick's downfall?
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By SLO on February 5, 2015
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Adam makes you laugh out loud. His picturesque descriptions ignite the imagination and the tickle bone.
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By Michael Carlomusto on March 9, 2015
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Loved it. Great book. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys gambling.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By EyeInTheSky on March 17, 2007
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This is supposed to be a self help book or a "cautionary tale" for gamblers and addicts looking to break the pattern. This book barely discusses the underlying causes for addiction and it reads (in my opinion) as a self serving and vile vehicle for the author, Adam Resnick to brag about his exploits (business, sexual, social) while offering no redeeming value to people with real problems. I would argue that this book makes James Frey's novel (which is clearly Mr. Resnick's model for this novel) look like a masterpiece in its' factual content.

Mr. Resnick seems to have delusions of grandeur and used gambling to obtain friends, fame and wealth. All he really is is a simple conman that got caught trying to complete his latest scheme. This book is a continuance of that life long need for self importance exploiting peoples' lives to sell a few books in hopes of paying back an enormous debt to the innocent customers of a small community bank. I hope Mr. Resnick takes his long days ahead of him to think about what he's done to those that care about him because writing a book like this shows he still has not learned his lesson.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Buckingham on March 25, 2008
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What an amazing story! This is one of those books you can't put down. Even if you don't gamble will find the book very interesting! When your setting in Jail I guess you can put A lot of effort into writing A great Book!
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