Begun as an as-told-to by Dalla with Stuey Ungar, this biography tells in painful detail the story of the poker and gin superstar. Ungar is certainly a fascinating subject. He was prodigiously dysfunctional, a manic sports bettor and cocaine addict who won an estimated $30 million during his life, but who, after his death in 1998, needed a collection from his friends to pay for his funeral. Unfortunately, the complexities of Ungar's personality aren't satisfactorily unraveled by the authors. They offer stories from the likes of poker legend Doyle Brunson and Mike Sexton, television's reigning poker guru, of Ungar's fabulous skills as a card player and spectacular need for "action," but few insights into the source of Ungar's self-destructive demons: he died prematurely at age 45 from the ravages of drug abuse. Without any analysis, the repetitious account of years of poker ups and downs, sports gambling losses, manic acts of generosity and descents into drug abuse, as tragic as it is, becomes tedious. Still, without distorting or downplaying Ungar's depredations, this is a heartfelt, respectful and accepting biography.
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"A fascinating, cautionary tale." -- Chicago Tribune
"Reader beware the seductive blue flame. To illuminate the triumphant yet scorchingly hideous forty-five years Stuey Ungar spent among us, Dalla and Alson have produced an acetylene torch of a book. There was no other way to write a story like this. One of a Kind is a lesson in no-limit hold'em as well as a terrifying pleasure." -- James McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street
"A standout among this year's bumper crop of poker books." -- New York magazine
Hell of a story of his upbringing and how it shaped the rest of his life. He would have been unstoppable in poker today.Published 12 hours ago by J. Lanning
It was initially intended to be Stu Ungar's autobiography, and "Stuey" is quoted throughout. No reader is excluded from the card-related parts of the story because there are... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John
Read the book because I saw the movie with Michael Imperioli aka Christopher Moltisanti in the Sopranos..... Read morePublished 8 months ago by kevin conroy
Very interesting about the Kid. Very sad too. Genius gone bad.Published 9 months ago by J. D. Williams