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Title:
Legalized gambling : solution or illusion?
Author:
Hjelmeland, Andy.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Company, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Summary:
Examines the arguments in favor of and opposed to legalized gambling, looking at various types of gambling, problems of compulsive gamblers, the lure of this activity, and more.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.8 3.0 49714.
ISBN:
9780822526155
Format :
Book

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Central Library HV6715 .H54 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Examines the arguments in favor of and opposed to legalized gambling, looking at various types of gambling, problems of compulsive gamblers, the lure of this activity, and more.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-An evenhanded and well-organized examination of legalized gambling in the United States. Historical background is impressive: it traces various gambling practices from ancient times to the present and is enhanced by period photographs, portraits, handbills, and posters. Readers will be surprised to learn that the Jamestown settlement, the American Revolution, and both Dartmouth and Harvard were partially financed through lotteries. Also of note is the chapter dealing with the strategies casinos employ to keep their customers playing. The sophistication of the casinos' techniques is likely to come as a shock to those unfamiliar with this industry. The portrayal of legalized gambling is by no means entirely negative, however. Hjelmeland points out that both jobs and tax revenues have been produced by legal operations and that for a great number of people, gambling is a relatively harmless activity. With impressive documentation of sources and a simple, straightforward style, this title is a model of nonfiction writing for this age group. However, libraries that already own either William Thompson's Legalized Gambling (ABC-Clio, 1994) or Charles Cozic's Gambling (Greenhaven, 1995) may find that their needs in this area have already been met.-Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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