Charles II and the Restoration

Author: Jenny Uglow

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571255531

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

View: 5086

Charles II was thirty when he crossed the Channel in fine May weather in 1660. His Restoration was greeted with maypoles and bonfires, like spring after long years of Cromwell's rule. But there was no going back, no way he could 'restore' the old. Certainty had vanished. The divinity of kingship fled with his father's beheading. 'Honour' was now a word tossed around in duels. 'Providence' could no longer be trusted. As the country was rocked by plague, fire and war, people searched for new ideas by which to live. Exactly ten years later Charles II would stand again on the shore at Dover, laying the greatest bet of his life in a secret deal with his cousin, Louis XIV. The Restoration decade was one of experiment: from the science of the Royal Society to the startling role of credit and risk, from the shocking licence of the court to the failed attempts at toleration of different beliefs. Negotiating all these, Charles II, the 'slippery sovereign', played odds and took chances, dissembling and manipulating his followers. The theatres were restored, but the king was the supreme actor. Yet while his grandeur, his court and his colourful sex life were on display, his true intentions lay hidden. A Gambling Man is a portrait of Charles II, exploring his elusive nature through the lens of these ten vital years - and a portrait of a vibrant, violent, pulsing world, racked with plague, fire and war, in which the risks the king took forged the fate of the nation, on the brink of the modern world.
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My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor's Mansion

Author: Bob Miller

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250012465

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 2550

A memoir of growing up in mob-run Sin City from a casino heir-turned-governor who's seen two sides of every coin When Bob Miller arrived in Las Vegas as a boy, it was a small, dusty city, a far cry from the glamorous, exciting place it is today. Driving the family car was his father Ross Miller, a tough guy—though a good family man—who had operated on both sides of the law on some of the meaner streets of industrial Chicago. The Miller family was as close and as warm as "Ozzie and Harriet," as long as you knew that Ozzie was a bookmaker and a business acquaintance of some very dubious criminal types. As Bob grew up, so did Vegas, now a "town" of some two million. Ross Miller became a respectable businessman and partner in a major casino, though he was still capable of settling a score with his fists. And Bob went on to law school, entering law enforcement and eventually becoming a popular governor of Nevada, holding office longer than anybody in the state's history. And the Miller family's legacy continues. Bob's own son is presently serving as Secretary of State. A warm family memoir, the story of a city heir, with just a little bit of The Godfather and Casino thrown in for spice, Son of a Gambling Man is a unique and thoroughly memorable story.
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Author: Jean Saunders

Publisher: London Bridge

ISBN: 9781854879493

Category: Fiction

Page: 388

View: 1053

The job of a lifetime, working in glamorous Las Vegas! But Judy Hale disapproves of gambling, and of Blake Adams her attractive new boss and owner of Sparkling Rocks Casino. Then Judy has to turn to Blake for help and discovers how hard it is to ignore her own addiction--to him!
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The Life and Times of a Gambling Man

Author: J.E. Anderson

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1463424035

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 4698

The theme of this book is a Tour de Noir of a gamblers life. Written in the third person, it describes the successes and eventual downfall of a young hustler. The book extensively describes gambling situations, cheating moves, scams against casinos and casino methods of cheating players. Heretofore unpublished, and possibly unknown even to law enforcement, are the conspiracies and actions of notorious Nevada cheating crews. Gambling on golf, backgammon, gin rummy and poker, and methods employed to take advantage of opponents, are extensively discussed. The early chapters are moments in present time followed by reflection of the protagonist on his past and maturation, development of an exculpatory personal philosophy, love interest (explicit sex) and sexual encounters. His interactions with the Mafia, famous gamblers like “Titanic” Thompson, and present day high-rollers are authentic. Throughout his adventures the humor and irony in life situations are captures.
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Charles II and the Restoration, 1660-1670

Author: Jennifer S. Uglow

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571217335

Category: Great Britain

Page: 580

View: 2362

Charles II was thirty when he crossed the Channel in fine May weather in 1660. His Restoration was greeted with maypoles and bonfires, like spring after long years of Cromwell's rule. But there was no going back, no way he could 'restore' the old. Certainty had vanished. The divinity of kingship fled with his father's beheading. 'Honour' was now a word tossed around in duels. 'Providence' could no longer be trusted. As the country was rocked by plague, fire and war, people searched for new ideas by which to live. Exactly ten years later Charles II would stand again on the shore at Dover, laying the greatest bet of his life in a secret deal with his cousin, Louis XIV. The Restoration decade was one of experiment: from the science of the Royal Society to the startling role of credit and risk, from the shocking licence of the court to the failed attempts at toleration of different beliefs. Negotiating all these, Charles II, the 'slippery sovereign', played odds and took chances, dissembling and manipulating his followers. The theatres were restored, but the king was the supreme actor. Yet while his grandeur, his court and his colourful sex life were on display, his true intentions lay hidden. A Gambling Man is a portrait of Charles II, exploring his elusive nature through the lens of these ten vital years - and a portrait of a vibrant, violent, pulsing world, racked with plague, fire and war, in which the risks the king took forged the fate of the nation, on the brink of the modern world.
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Author: Kent Conwell

Publisher: Avalon

ISBN: 9780803495807

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

View: 4297

You got a choice. Hang as a horse thief or teach our schoolkids. That was the decision facing Mage Casebolt, a decision that made him wish he had never disembarked the riverboat at New Orleans.Bound for San Francisco to join his brothers in a gambling emporium, Mage s journey halts abruptly in Valley Springs when he is framed for horse stealing.The teaching job is unpleasant enough, but then a cholera epidemic quarantines the town, saddling him with an old freed slave, twelve boisterous schoolchildren who make a practice of running teachers out of town, and the local postmistress who detests the idea of a gambler playing the part of schoolmaster.Then the rustlers hit, and Mage faces the task of reining them in with his little contingent of misfits. He quickly realizes that mixing kids, guns, dynamite, and rattlesnakes can make life mighty exciting, and uncertain.
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Author: Jordyn Meryl

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997773705

Category:

Page: N.A

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1800 New Orleans was a time of change for the city on the Mississippi River. August Decoudreau and Isabella Greenwood grew up in the shadow of the very prestige and legal prostitute establishment of The House of the Crescent Moon. Isabelle's mother, Stella, was one of the girls of the house. The Madame of the House treated her girls well and protected them. But it only took one despicable customer and a bad judgement call to turn the lives of everyone in a different direction. Isabelle is sent off to an all girl's school and August joins his father, a gambler, to travel on the riverboats of the Mississippi River. Will the two lovers find a way back to each other or be forever separated?
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Author: DeeDee Lane

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 150920394X

Category: Fiction

Page: 86

View: 3773

Music therapist Isabella Dawson is on stage at the Cowboy and Western Museum about to receive an award for her outstanding moral character. As her fiancé, Charles Roberts looks on with love, Isabella longs for real passion to exist between them. In that moment, the museum slips Isabella back in time to The Grand Saloon Theater on a riverboat traveling down the Mississippi. Even better, she’s landed in the arms of a gambling man who answers only to “Chaz.” But Isabella would recognize Charles Roberts anywhere. Now it seems, their nights of passion might be possible. But first, she must navigate undergarments she’s only read about, sing as a headliner in the theater, and let go of her need to be perfect. Lucky for her, she’s found a gambling man who yearns to make all Isabella’s dreams come true…looks like this time the cards just might be stacked in her favor.
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Memoir of a Gambling Man

Author: Ronald Probstein

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781490981789

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 5438

If you're going to live outside the law, you'd better be honest. This seeming paradox was the operating principle of Sid Probstein's life. Guileless and endlessly optimistic, he was known as Honest Sid around his stomping ground of New York's Broadway. Sid wasn't a tough guy, or even a bad guy. He just never had the patience for the "straight" life, grinding out a living at some monotonous desk job. He was the quintessential American dreamer, always sure that the good life was just one big score away, a man who never stopped believing in his own good luck, even when the evidence said otherwise. He had all the tools, he was charming, good- looking, quick- witted and decent, but he had an obsession he couldn't escape. Honest Sid is the story of an American archetype as seen through the eyes of his son, Ronald, who loved him, and who almost lost him. It follows Sid's adventures in the world of bookies and bettors, fighters and fixers, players and suckers set against the often- romanticized backdrop of Depression- era New York. It is also the passionate tale of the great and tempestuous love between Sid and his wife Sally, and of his son Ronald whom he idolized.
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Author: Renee Moore

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 130083871X

Category: Poetry

Page: 184

View: 1856

Things were so simple when I was young! Families worked and played together. We ate dinner together every night. We talked about our dreams, and everyday happenings at the dinner table. Everyone helped with the chores; so that we could do fun things together. We played games together, and had lots of water fights in the summer. We went fishing when we could! We did everything as a family! We may not have had a lot of extras, but we had what we needed; and that was our family! We all want to give our children all the things we never had; but by giving them all the things they want are we helping them? Or are we setting them up to fail. If our children don't have to work for things, they don't appreciate them. We need to show them that our families, are more important than possessions! We need to get back to families working and playing together. So our children will be stronger for the years ahead of them. Renee
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Author: DIX BRUCE

Publisher: Mel Bay Publications

ISBN: 1610658434

Category: Music

Page: 40

View: 9261

First Lessons Mandolin teaches the absolute basics of learning to play mandolin from holding the pick to performing easy mandolin tunes. It doesn't get any easier than this! Students learn how to hold the mandolin correctly, how to read mandolin tablature, basic note reading, the most popular mandolin chords, how to play easy melodies in several musical styles, basic picking technique, how to tune the mandolin, and much more. Along the way students will learn about the greatest mandolin players and their music. the main emphasis of First Lessons Mandolin is to get the student up and playing immediately and to have fun doing it!
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Author: Paula Detmer Riggs

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 145927234X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 5446

Maternity Row The nine-month miracle SECOND CHANCE AT PARENTHOOD The last time Prudence Randolph saw her husband, Case had been asking for a divorce. He'd never wanted children, but she'd naively thought he would want her baby…. He hadn't, and he hadn't wanted her, either. Suddenly he was back, and after one passionate night, Prudy had a second chance at motherhood—but how would she tell Case? As for Case, how could he ever tell Prudy the truth? He'd never stopped loving her, but just thinking about children… He and Prudy could make a fresh start, but he couldn't shake the feeling that she was hiding something…. Maternity Row. The street where little miracles are born!
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Author: Janette Kenny

Publisher: Zebra

ISBN: 142014054X

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2762

LOST AND FOUND . . . Gil Yancy is a man with a mission: claim his share of Rocky Point Ranch and build a herd of his own. What Gil doesn't count on is the greeting he gets—in the form of a stove lid upside the head—from the mistress of the place. She's the prettiest thing Gil's ever laid eyes—and more—on. When last they met, the shady lady seduced him and stole his last red cent, so now it might just be time for a little sweet revenge . . . Josie can't believe Rocky Point's new cowboy is that cowboy—the one with the strongest-yet-gentlest hands ever to mark a trail down her body. She robbed Gil blind out of sheer desperation, and years later, Josie still has something of his . . . but that's not her only secret. She wants him just as much as ever—and she knows he’d do anything to please a lady . . . Praise for the novels of Janette Kenny “Seductive.” —RT Book Reviews on One Real Cowboy “A classic Western historical with a hero you’re gonna love.” —Jodi Thomas on Cowboy Come Home
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Author: William W. Johnstone,J.A. Johnstone

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 0786029099

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Smoke Jensen, Matt Jensen, Falcon And Duff Maccallister—Together For The First Time They just wanted to get home for Christmas. . .but fate had other plans. It's December 1890. A Texas rancher named Big Jim Conyers has a deal with Scottish-born, Wyoming cattleman named Duff MacAllister. Along with Smoke and Matt Jensen, the party bears down on Dodge, Kansas, to make a cattle drive back to Forth Worth. But before they can get out of Dodge, guns go off and a rich man's son is killed. Soon the drive turns into a deadly pursuit, then a staggering series of clashes with bloodthirsty Indians and trigger-happy rustlers. And the worst is yet to come—the party rides into a devastating blizzard, a storm so fierce that their very survival is at stake. From America's greatest Western author, here is an epic tale of the unforgiving American frontier and how, amidst fierce storms of man and nature, miracles can still happen.
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Child of Earth

Author: Elizabeth Haydon

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 146682302X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 7873

In Rhapsody, a fellowship was forged--three companions who, through great adversity, became a force to be reckoned with: Rhapsody, a singer of great talent and even greater beauty; Achmed, an assassin with unearthly talents; and Grunthor, a giant Sergeant-Major whose jolly disposition stands at odds with his deadly skill at weapons. Having fled the F'dor--an ancient, powerful evil--the three emerged on the other side of the world, only to discover fourteen centuries had passed. Their homeland had been destroyed, their people scattered across several continents, and everyone they ever knew had long since passed away...except, perhaps, the F'dor. Prophecy continues this powerful epic. Driven by a prophetic vision, Rhapsody races to rescue the religious leader of her new homeland while Achmed and Grunthor seek evidence of the F'dor. These three may be their world's only hope, the heroes spoken of in the Prophecy of the Three, but their time is running short. They must find their elusive enemy before his darkness consumes them all. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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The Ultimate Relationship Guide for Men Workbook

Author: Jim D. Ennis Ed D.,Michael M. Heydari, Ph.D.

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595342337

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 128

View: 4108

Heavenly Ever After: The Ultimate Relationship Guide for Men Workbook-based on the experiences of the authors in dating, courtship, and marriage-provides men with a how-to guide for forming loving and sustainable relationships. Unlike most relationship guides available today, Heavenly Ever After takes the hands-on approach one-step further. The workbook exercises provide direction for choosing a mate and will help prevent some of the catastrophes and pitfalls of marriage. By describing how to make healthy choices and take purposeful actions, it provides the basis needed to develop healthy relationships with topics such as: The dangers of gambling with relationships The balanced life model The value of test driving and risk-taking The benefit of good communication Knowing the difference between love and infatuation The benefit of healthy boundaries Through the use of concrete examples and creative insights, the workbook presents a unique approach to help men find the perfect mate. With useful information from men who have survived the journey, it also equips those entering the I-Want-to-Get-Remarried zone. Written by men who dared to love, suffered the pain of failure, and chose to love again, the tools in Heavenly Ever After will expand men's awareness and broaden their choices as they search for lasting relationships.
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