Gambling in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Issues, and by William N. Thompson

By William N. Thompson

Whether they're known as "gaming" by means of the industry's supporters or "gambling" by way of its rivals, video games of probability have continually exerted a strong pull. each human society has indulged in a few type of playing and, sarcastically, has additionally attempted to ban or restrict it. during this complete, goal examine gambling—its humans, areas, and occasions; its legislation and regulations; its video games and equipment—scholar William N. Thompson lines the roots of playing from historical history.

The lottery video games performed in historic Rome ultimately traveled with settlers to the hot international, the place the Jamestown colonists loved them. Casinos, too, existed in the course of the Roman Empire, have been reestablished throughout the Renaissance, and centuries later, flourished aboard Mississippi riverboats. The pervasiveness of playing means that it serves a few simple functionality for human societies, Thompson argues. but it could possibly turn into a pathology for definite contributors and allure mortgage sharks, prostitutes, drug buyers, and arranged crime.

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The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Spells: 88 Incantations to by Michael Johnstone

By Michael Johnstone

Listed below are enjoyable spells for all wishes: to restore ardour, to discover love, for future health, to draw cash, and to aid task seekers. there is one for cat lovers—88 white-magic spells in all. the final word Encyclopedia of Spells comprises every thing one must make their desires come real, together with sensible steps to take if the spells do not take impression instantly. With step by step, easy-to-follow directions and easy-to-find instruments and parts, this accomplished quantity emphasizes easy methods to use spells and magic absolutely, for self-development. realize your real nature and future with this enjoyable consultant to self-help magic!

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