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This is an excellent, entertaining, insightful, fun and inspirational book for any fan of the show, of pawn shops in general or the American dream. (go figure, a NON fiction where hard work, dedication, knowledge, hustle pays off) Stop reading this and go read the book.
The book gives background on Rick, Old Man, Big Hoss, and Chumlee that gives more insight into the "characters". Worth the read if you enjoy the show.
Someone previously mentioned feeling sorry for the Old Man for not being able to work the counter anymore. The reason none of the four Pawn Stars can work the counter any longer is because by law, a pawn is private transaction. Nowadays, with the shop packed all day with tourists with cameras and video recorders trying to get photos of the four guys, the privacy of any transaction they're involved in is compromised.
It's been a year since I visited the shop on a jaunt to Las Vegas. Just to give you an idea of the impact the TV show has had on this small business, a good part of the shop is now dedicated to souvenir sales - T-shirts, shot glasses, bobble heads, refrigerator magnets, etc. (they move all that stuff out when filming in that part of the store). Before the show started, they had 12 employees. Now they have 47. I dropped by mid-morning and the parking lot was about full (but I did get a space). I was able to walk right in, though the store was packed full of people and it's not very big. I drove by later in the day and there was a line of people down the sidewalk waiting to get in. In the book, Rick relates that they now have security outside that lets in 60 people at a time and they've also installed misters outside to cool down the people waiting in line.Read more ›
Rick Harrison's book (which also features a chapter each by Old Man, Chumlee, and Big Hoss) definitely seems that it was written by them, or at least dictated to someone more suitable to writing the book, as it's true to their voice. It's a genuine, no-holds-barred look inside their story, but it seems that the goal of this idea was more to get the book on shelves than paint a pretty picture of their pawn shop's story.
Don't get me wrong -- there is a lot of interesting detail on their humble beginnings (including three of the four guys' struggles with illegal drugs). You'll also realize how hard they worked to get where they are today. Rick definitely deserves all the success he's achieved; he has more than earned it.
With all that being said, the book could have been pieced together more smoothly, and even copyedited more tightly. In truth, it doesn't seem like Rick and his team worked with a good editor at all, except perhaps to correct typos their manuscripts may have contained. It was so bad at parts that I wanted to find a red marker and annotate my suggestions. And I'm not even an editor!
Even with these flaws, it's a quick and enjoyable read if you're a fan of the show or if you're curious about the real side of the pawn business (the not-so-glamorous existence that you don't see on TV.) Some of the crazy anecdotes Rick shares and the quirky characters he describes are alone worth the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you enjoy the series, you will find the book wonderful reading.Published 6 days ago by Daniel L. Lelito
License to Pawn was an unexpectedly good library pick. A light read that only took a few hours and included narratives from the four main characters on the Pawn Stars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janus2424
I really enjoyed this! I'm a fan of the show & it was so interesting to read the background of the guys & the shop!Published 1 month ago by Gretal M.
Gives a behind the scenes look at the show and how the pawn shop came to be, it was an enjoyable readPublished 1 month ago by Smart Consumer
i love pawn stars,and this book does everything to be a great book,including a chapter each for corey,chum and the old man,its just not very well written,if you love pawn stars you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bonnie J Bissell
Been to the Pawn Shop twice and yet to see the TV stars, but it was a great place to stop.Published 2 months ago by Blue Devil 1978
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