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The Columbus Book of Euchre, with 20 full-color illustrations, tells you how the game is played today - not how it was played in the 19th century, as most "Hoyle" encyclopedias still do.
The author has caught a lot of flak for his "Reviews of Other Books on Euchre."
For example, a recent "customer" review on Amazon.com (nominally signed, but actually anonymous) complained of "the never-ending and persistent effort of Natty Bumppo and/or his 'cronies' to discredit most other euchre authors. . . . look at the eight pages of 'put-downs' . . . ."
There are ten pages of reviews, not eight. What is good about the other books is pointed out. That goes for Gary Martin's, Thomas Gallagher's, Joseph Petrus Wergin's and Joseph Andrews' books.
Eight of the ten pages are highly critical, but there is no particular intent to discredit anyone. What the complainers seem to have overlooked is that the reviews are not merely "put-downs" or "put-ups." They are instructive.
For example, the following instruction and insight will be found in the eight pages of reviews complained of:
A discussion of why to go alone when you can. Pages 74-75.
An admonition to consider your position in the hand as well as your cards. Page 75.
A suggestion that it is better to play euchre by intuition than by formula. Page 75.
A euchre spelling lesson. Page 76.
Instruction on what to do with singletons. Page 76.
Three history lessons. Pages 77, 78 and 80.
An essay on euchre ethics. Page 77.
A lesson in mathematical probabilities. Page 78.
A lesson on when to trump your partner's ace. Page 78.
A lesson in commercial promotion (it's not euchre; but it's relevant in the context). Page 79.
An explanation of reasons not to "assist." Page 80.
An explanation of a time to go alone with 8 points. Pages 80-81.
An explanation of the difference between bidding (as in spades and bridge) and calling (as in euchre). Page 81.
An explanation of the rationale for not altering the lead on a lone hand. Page 81.
An explanation of scoring. Page 81.
By the way, neither the author nor anyone else at Borf Books wrote any of those "Natty Bumppo fan club" reviews on Amazon.com. Neither he nor Borf Books induced them or promoted them; and neither he nor Borf Books has any idea who did write, induce or promote them.
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Maybe I was off the mark in my expectations for this book, but I'm disappointed. The author could have made this book a classic by including illustrative deals. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tim Luker
A fun read, takes me back to playing Euchre in the Frat house in Bowling Green. Nice history and terms I have and have not heard before. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Atsenaotie
I was looking for a book that might give me some strategies, also more on rules of tournament play or hoyles rules. I found it lacking in all areas.Published 19 months ago by DBH
This book seems to be the only guide to euchre available, so I guess I shouldn't complain. But, I didn't understand a word of it, except for the endless stupid attempts at hick... Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Robert F. Benz
I bought this to give as a gift. Very disappointed when it arrived to see that it's more of a pamphlet than a book, and a very cheaply assembled one at that. Read morePublished on December 17, 2008 by Connor
If I knew a friend was about to play Lucifer in a game of euchre, I'd recommend the "Columbus Book of Euchre".................... by Natty BumppoPublished on October 11, 2005 by J. Todd Martin
Right from the start - 5 big fat juicy stars! I have never heard of Solitare Euchre until I saw this book. That is a wonderful idea. Read morePublished on October 10, 2005
Count me in! Here is my five star review for The Columbus Book of Euchre - the Greatest Card Game Book ever written! This book has it all! Read morePublished on September 30, 2005