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Repeat Until Rich: A Professional Card Counter's Chronicle of the Blackjack Wars Hardcover – March 18, 2010
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I read an early draft of this book, and am still awaiting the arrival of the published version. Unlike some of the other recent books written about well-known teams, this book does not bend or exaggerate the truth. There isn't a need to, as what really happened is interesting and exciting enough. I had a hard time putting down the draft, and I lived much of what Josh writes about. In addition to being a truthful and accurate portrayal of life inside a professional blackjack team, the book is also extremely well-written. I consider Josh a friend, but had no idea he could write so well. I can say without reservation that you will enjoy this book. I can also say that I expect this will be the first of many books that Josh Axelrad writes. It's that good.
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Axelrad could have been writing about himself when he writes of his youthful impressions of his step-Uncle, Eric, "He claims to have spent ten years, until he was thirty, utterly adrift, selling jewelry at fairs as a wandering hippie, but then he went to law school. He told the story in a way that made law school sound as if it took him four weeks. Then suddenly he was rich...He went from hippie to kazilionaire. He made it seem effortless, random." But as young Axelrad wonders, ..."there must have been more to him than that."
Like his Uncle Eric, Axelrad self presents in a way that can leave you scratching your head at his life of card counting but in this very moving memoir courageously shows us that there is much more to him than that.
This is the story of a young man who became a very good writer, and in the process, (you can imagine him cringing at the sound of this), grew up.
Axelrad's touch is light and deft, and tone is bitingly funny. He's harder on no one than himself. The result is a compulsively readable memoir of an angry boy who, ultimately, faces down his demons and becomes a man.
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I like the idea of reading about someone who made it to the top, but ends up losing it. This reminds all of us gamblers about the realty of our decisions and that we are human and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brandon Hadley
Couldn't stop reading it. Got started after hearing one of his blackjack stories on TheMoth radio hour. Quite a page turner.Published 11 months ago by Janie K.
Repeat Until Rich was good memoir, however, it was hard to read. If the gambling industry wasn't an interest of mine, I don't think I would have been able make it to the end. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A serviceable memoir and an interesting look into a world most people won't ever encounter. The trajectory from "savvy gambling specialist cleaning out the casino" to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Denise Paolucci
This author tells an interesting story of the excitement and addiction of gambling. I've heard him on Moth Radio too. It felt like he's still searching for writing style. Read morePublished 16 months ago by ranger59
Overall, a poorly written book that I struggled to get through. I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for anything mildly entertaining.Published 24 months ago by Prose Lover
Somehow the author was able to make a book about gambling boring.
I think there are far better cardcounting real life true story books out there.
The book jacket makes lots of promises, but hardly delivers. Save yourself time and money: listen to the free story from The Moth by Axelrad instead.Published on June 20, 2013 by zephyrgrrl