By Sam Skolnik
What the explosive progress of legalized playing capacity socially, politically, and economically for America.
Forty years in the past, casinos have been felony in precisely one nation. this present day, legalized playing has morphed right into a $119 billion demonstrated in all yet states. As elected officers are urging citizens to extend gambling's achieve, the industry's supporters and their impassioned detractors are squaring off in lengthy state-by-state battles. thousands of usa citizens are being requested to determine: are the advantages definitely worth the costs?
With a mix of investigative journalism and poignant narratives of playing dependancy, award-winning journalist Sam Skolnik presents an in-depth exploration of the results of this nationwide phenomenon. In excessive Stakes, we meet politicians desirous to advertise legalized playing as an financial cure-all, scientists wrestling with the that means of playing habit, and avid gamers so stuck up within the chase that they've misplaced their livelihoods and their minds.
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High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction by Sam Skolnik