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Underworld, Gangs & Organised Crime

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21: Bringing Down the House: How Six Students Took Vegas for Millions [used book], Ben Mezrich
1 21: Bringing Down the House: How Six Students Took Vegas for Millions [used book]
Ben Mezrich UK Arrow 2008 0099498545 / 9780099498544 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
Real-life all too rarely offers stories that are quite as satisfying as fiction. "Bringing Down the House" is one of the exceptions. Cheating in casinos is illegal; and card-counting - making a record of what cards have so far been dealt to enable the player to make some prediction of what cards remain in the deck - is not. But casinos understandably dislike the practice and make every effort to keep card-counters out of their premises. "Bringing Down the House" tells the true story of the most successful scam ever, in which teams of brilliant young mathematicians and physicists won millions of dollars from the casinos of Las Vegas, being drawn in the process into the high-life of drugs, high-spending and sex. "Bringing Down the House" is as readable and as fascinating as "Liar's Poker" or "Barbarians At the Gate", an insight into a closed, excessive and utterly corrupt world. 
Price: 8.00 AUD
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Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker, Doug J. Swanson
2 Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker
Doug J. Swanson UK Amberley Publishing 2015 1445648172 / 9781445648170 Soft cover New Book 19.8 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm 
Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination, and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, and own the cops. Through a mix of cold-bloodedness, native intelligence, folksiness and philanthropy, Binion became one of the most revered figures in the history of gambling, and his showmanship, shrewdness and violence would come to dominate the Vegas scene. Veteran journalist Doug Swanson uses once-secret government documents and dogged reporting to show how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries, playing a crucial role in the shaping of modern Las Vegas. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld [used book], Herbert Asbury
3 The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld [used book]
Herbert Asbury UK Arrow Books 2003 0099436744 / 9780099436744 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
The Gangs of New York is a tour through a now unrecognisable city of abysmal poverty and habitual violence centred around the infamous slum of Five Points, with its rival Irish and American gangs. Cobbled from legend, memory, police records, the self-aggrandizements of aging crooks, popular journalism, and solid historical research, this is a powerful account of New York City's tumultuos past. Asbury presents the definitive work on this subject, an illumination of the gangs of old New York that ultimately gave rise to the modern Mafia and its depiction in cult films like The Godfather. 
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Sin Bin: The Untold Story of A True Footy Bad Boy [used book], John Elias and Josh Massoud
4 Sin Bin: The Untold Story of A True Footy Bad Boy [used book]
John Elias and Josh Massoud Australia MacMillan 2010 1405040211 / 9781405040211 Soft cover Good Book Trade Paperback 
'This is a story that has to be told.' (Alan Jones) Few rugby league players were more notorious than John Elias. The menacing forward not only intimidated his opponents on the paddock; he also led a double life as a career criminal and stand-over man. Starting in the driver's seat of a stolen Holden at age 14, Elias's crimes grew more brazen as his football CV expanded to include over a dozen clubs. Illegal bookmaking rings, fire-arms trading, shootings, brothels, seedy card dens and the biggest match-fixing scandal in the game's recent history were all part of his off-field routine that eventually culminated in three prison sentences. Loved by high-profile friends such as Wayne Bennett, Alan Jones, John Ibrahim and John Singleton and loathed by his enemies, John Elias now owns one of the most colourful stories in Australian sport - a roller-coaster ride from the ecstasy of grand final glory to the depths of a maximum security jail cell. Sin Bin is John's incredible tale. You'll never look at John Elias, or rugby league, the same way again. John was born in Lebanon in 1962 and after moving to Punchbowl in Sydney's west played in the NRL for clubs including Newtown, Brisbane Souths, Wests, Easts and Canterbury. Several stints in Gaol, including an eighteenth month sentence in Long Bay at age sixteen, and his other off field activities saw John become a fixture in Sydney's underworld scene. He went on to set up the Lebanese national team, The Cedars, and has played, captained and coached the side in numerous successful campaigns. 
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Leadbelly: Inside Australia's Underworld Wars [used book], John Silvester and Andrew Rule
5 Leadbelly: Inside Australia's Underworld Wars [used book]
John Silvester and Andrew Rule Australia Floradale 2004 0975231804 / 9780975231807 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
When the shooting starts in the underworld, war is a short word that covers a lot of ground. It can be a blood feud between criminal families, it can be revenge, exacted by enemies with long memories, old grudges and new information. Then, of course, there are the police, who belong to the biggest gang of all... 
Price: 7.00 AUD
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Underbelly: The Gangland War [used book], John Silvester and Andrew Rule
6 Underbelly: The Gangland War [used book]
John Silvester and Andrew Rule Australia Floradale 2008 0977544060 / 9780977544066 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
They called Carl Williams 'The Truth' but the truth was he was just a fat kid with a pill press and a taste for fast food, women and bucks. He got lucky the day Jason Moran shot him in the belly instead of the head. Carl didn't return the favour: one by one, Moran, his family, and friends were shot dead during an underworld war for extermination. 
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All Fall Down #3 Three Crooked Kings, Matthew Condon
7 All Fall Down #3 Three Crooked Kings
Matthew Condon Australia University of Queensland Press 2015 0702253537 / 9780702253539 Soft cover New Book Trade Paperback 
The gripping finale to Three Crooked Kings and Jacks and Jokers brings to a close Matthew Condon's best-selling true-crime trilogy. In 1983, the soon-to-be-knighted Police Commissioner Terry Lewis continues to turn a blind eye to the operation of The Joke, a highly organised system of graft payments from illegal gambling, prostitution and illicit drugs. As the tentacles of this fraudulent vice network spread, the fabric holding together the police, judiciary and political system starts to unravel. All Fall Down offers an unprecedented insight into the Fitzgerald Inquiry and Lewis's subsequent years in prison, and explores the real story behind the dramatic exit of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Drawing from interviews with key players who have, until now, been afraid to speak publicly, All Fall Down celebrates the bravery of those unsung heroes who risked everything to expose the truth. This epic trilogy provides the definitive account of an unforgettable period in Queensland's history. The devastating consequences of those decades of corruption still reverberate today. 
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