Bad Bet on the Bayou by Tyler Bridges
The Rise and Fall of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fate of Governor Edwin Edwards

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An outrageous tale of fast cash, dirty politics, and extravagant greed in the Bayou State.

Louisiana is our most exotic state. It is religious and roguish, a place populated by Cajuns, Creoles, rednecks, and Bible-thumpers. It is a state that loves good food, good music, and good times. Laissez les bon temps rouler -- let the good times roll -- is the unofficial motto. Louisiana is also excessively corrupt.In the 1990s, it plunged headlong into legalized gambling, authorizing more games of chance than any other state. Leading the charge was Governor Edwin Edwards, who for years had flaunted his fondness for cold cash and high-stakes gambling, and who had used his razor-sharp mind and catlike reflexes to stay one step ahead of the law. Gambling, Edwin Edwards, and Louisiana's political culture would prove to be a combustible mix.

Bad Bet on the Bayou tells the story of what happened when the most corrupt industry came to our most corrupt state. It is a sweeping morality tale about commerce, politics, and what happens when the law catches up to the most basic human desires and frailties.

About Tyler Bridges

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Tyler Bridges is a reporter for "The Miami Herald," where he was part of a team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He covered the legalization of gambling in Louisiana as a reporter for "The Times-Picayune" of New Orleans. He is the author of "The Rise of David Duke,"
Published June 4, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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He traces the historical background of gambling in Louisiana from pre–Civil War riverboats and the Louisiana Lottery (shut down by the federal government in 1907) to 1940s casinos.

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From the selection process to determine who would run the casino, to the temporary location of the casino --- an area that borders on two of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city, areas where even the police do not patrol at night --- to the preordained ultimate failure of the Harrah's cas...

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