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Editorial Reviews

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A thorough explanation. -- The Terre Haute Star, May 26, 1996

Down to earth and chock full of information. -- Joe Andrews

Not only rules, but also plenty of tactics and tradition. -- John McLeod, Card Games web site

Order The Columbus Book of Euchre now! You won't be disappointed! -- Davey Guild, Davey Guild's Euchre Page

There are two ways to play euchre: the wrong way, and the Columbus way! There is no other euchre book! -- Double's Euchre Page on line

From the Publisher

The first edition of The Columbus Book of Euchre, published in 1982, was the first book published on America's most exciting card game since 1905. This second edition contains 18 more pages, an index, a more complete history of the game, new terms, new ploys and new sections, including reviews of other books on euchre.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Borf Books; 2nd edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960489460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960489466
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Columbus Book of Euchre, 2nd Edition is an update of the

original book. A lot of the material is the still the same; a sort of "re-hash" of the old, and somewhat dull, 1982 edition. However, there are some interesting and informative additions.

And a sincere credit should be given for the positive features.

This book does have some great strategies and a wonderful home-spun humerous approach to the game of euchre. The fact that it does not have one illustrative hand of euchre is peculiar. But then again, fancy layouts of hands are not absolutely essential to get a point or two across. Overall, it is a decent book, and I liked it for the most part.

For the record, I looked at the reviews for this (newest) edition

a few weeks ago, and I noticed that some of the less than favorable reviews were culled. Thus, it appears that Mr. Bumppo has a sensitivity to any negative publicity.

Then we have a "cluster" of kids' five star reviews, which have

the effect of inflating the overall star rating for this book.

Some of these five stars reviews make the whole review process

a mockery, to say the least!

Finally, there is the persistent effort by Mr. Bumppo or his "fans" to continually post negative comments in forums and message boards about other writer's euchre books.

In spite of all of the above, I still recommend acquiring this

book, as it will improve your game.

Thus, it will be interesting, indeed, to see if this review, which

is honest and fair, is summarily deleted from this review area.
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Certainly this book is irreverent. However, it is good, they know it, so they flaunt it. There are very few euchre books in print. Of those, this is the only one that I recommend to other euchre players (about 20-25 of us meet monthly Sep-May). I sure wish more good books would come out.
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What is so good about this book is that it describes the way euchre really is played, not the way you find it in most playing card encyclopedias.
And it describes the way the game is played all over the world, with notes on regional differences. An earlier reviewer seems to have misunderstood the author's "Southern Indiana" focus. That "Indiana thing" is mythology, not colloquialism -- and very funny mythology it is!
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The Columbus Book of Euchre starts out well with some interesting information about the origin of the game. And there are a lot of homespun anecdotal stories about Euchre in the midwest. Mr. Bumppo tells you all about the local card-playing folks in Indiana, and you feel like you are in a game of Euchre at the local bar or someone's house!

I really liked the "campy" terminology for the plays which he describes. And I laughed uproariously when I read the opinions that Mr. Bumppo has about Euchre players in Michigan and Canada. He gives you an earthy and almost "country" style approach to the game.

Then I started reaching for some substance. There was so little emphasis on strategy and techniue. Oh yes, there more "ploys", cutesy stories, and slapstick comedy. It seems that Mr. Bumppo was having the Three Stooges over for a night of beer, cigarettes, and Euchre.

Finally, I went to my computer and found my friends at a game in Yahoo.

I am not putting The Columbus Book of Euchre into the toilet. It does have some value. Instead, I am telling you that there is a better alternative. Read the good information in the Internet, including Mr. Bumppo's own Euchre site. Or do a google search for Euchre strategy. You will save $13 plus shipping, and learn a lot more. Mr. Bumppo reminds me a little bit of the character in the Twilight Zone" story - "Hocus, Pocus, and Frisbee" which tells the tale about a man in the early 1900's who claims to abducted by aliens. A lot of tall tales, here. And then the poor fellow is really abducted by aliens on a flying saucer who eventually release him. But now his friends don't believe him. And much like this Book. You just don't know if Mr. Bumppo really know Euchre. Hocus, Pocus and Frisbee - or

"Where's the Beef"?
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It is good to read about Euchre as it is actually played, and the humour used adds a lot to the book. It was fun to see comments about how different states or countries (incl. Canada) play the game.
The history of the game, and the derivation of the terms, also add value, as do the reviews of other books included at the back of this one.
If you buy it and use it you will find your game improving, even if you don't 'cheat'.
The only 'nit', and it is a minor one, is that as a desktop publishing item the pages are irregular, making it somewhat more difficult to 'flip' to the desired page.
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This book has a gift of showing you how to play euchre with as little headache as I think is possible, very self explanatory. I also liked the different strategic styles of play. I would like very much to play against some of the players that Natty pits himself against.
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"Harry W." of Gary, Ind., asks the following questions about the Columbus Book of Euchre in his review of April 28, 2005; and I offer the following answers:

Q. Is this book written with a local flavor. . . ?

A. Yes. It sets the mythological center of the euchre universe in Columbus, Indiana.

Q. . . . or is it a good guide for euchre players from all over the country?

A. Yes. Please note that the two parts of your first question do not invite mutually contradictory answers.

Q. Are there any swear words published in this book?

A. Yes. See page 38. If you consider "b---s---" to be a swear word, see also pages 29, 31, 33, and 55 (and 84, in the index).

Q. Has anyone had this book for a long time, and does the quality of the paper and cover hold up after weeks or months of use?

A. Yes. I have not only the second edition, which I bought in 1999, but also the first edition, which I have had since 1982; and both are in better condition than my Bible (and I hardly ever read the Bible. After all, I play cards).

Q. Does Mr. Bumppo "bash" or "trash" other euchre authors in his book?

A. Yes. He tells it like it is.

Q. And finally, would you recommend the Columbus Book of Euchre to your friends or family?

A. Absolutely. Especially to my ex-wife. She's really stupid.
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