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James McManus

James McManus Copyright Aynsley Floyd

James McManus is a novelist and poet, most recently winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for sports journalism. He teaches writing and comparative literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including a course on the literature and science of poker. He is the author of Positively Fifth Street.

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  • Cowboys Full by James McManus - Commercial

    Watch for this spot during the World Series of Poker on ESPN.

  • James McManus discusses poker from the Amazon.com offices.

    James McManus, author of Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, as well as the classic account of the World Series of Poker, Positively Fifth Street, talks about the links between politics and poker. He spoke at the Amazon.com offices in Seattle in November 2009.

  • James McManus on Poker Terms

    James McManus, author of Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, as well as the classic account of the World Series of Poker, Positively Fifth Street, defines a few favorite poker terms. He spoke at the Amazon.com offices in Seattle in November 2009.

  • Positively Fifth Street by James McManus--Audio Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt and hear James McManus read from his book Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker. James McManus was sent to Las Vegas by Harper's to cover the World Series of Poker in 2000, especially the mushrooming progress of women in the 23-million dollar event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend with a technique so outré it took a Manhattan pathologist to identify it.

  • Physical by James McManus--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from James McManus' book Physical: An American Checkup. When hard-living, middle-aged American writer James McManus gets a three-day executive checkup at the Mayo Clinic, he is immediately forced to confront his mortality. Will he survive his own cardiovascular system and genetic inheritance long enough to see his young daughters grow up?

  • Cowboys Full by James McManus--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from James McManus' book Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker. From the author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate.

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Going to the Sun

James McManus

Seven years ago, Penny's boyfriend was savagely attacked by a bear, setting off a chain of tragic events. Now, fighting a debilitating illness and haunted by her past, she finds herself incapable...

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Cowboys Full

James McManus

From James McManus, author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate.Cowboys...

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Positively Fifth Street

James McManus

Rough sex, black magic, murder, and the science—and eros—of gambling meet in the ultimate book about Las VegasJames McManus was sent to Las Vegas by Harper’s...

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Physical

James McManus

Physical is the story of a hard-living, happily married, middle-aged American (the author) who gets a three-day "executive checkup" at the Mayo Clinic and is thereby forced to confront...

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