A Story of Triumph and Disaster
By Mike Atherton
A fascinating and informative account of gambling through history written by former England cricket captain, Mike Atherton.
Gambling is a fascinating account of gambling through history, from Greek mythology and the ancient role of lots, dice and cards, to the high profile cricket and football match throwing and 'super casinos' of today.
Mike Atherton explores this controversial and captivating phenomenon and the way that many present day sports provide the most popular focus for gambling, why so many of today's sportsmen become fervent gamblers and how in some cases this has led to corruption, addiction and ruined reputations. With recent high profile incidents involving the likes of Mohammad Amir and Joey Barton, gambling in sport is a topic that remains at the top of the sporting agenda.
Scandalous cases such as the Cronje and Grobbelar incidents are analysed in detail, as well as an investigation into why such a high proportion of the of the world's population have always sought out risk, and how this trend has encompassed all social classes and cultures.
Michael Atherton is a broadcaster, journalist and a former England international cricketer. A right-handed opening batsman for Lancashire and England, and occasional leg-break bowler, he achieved the captaincy of England at the age of 25 and led the side in a record 54 Test matches.
Following retirement he became a journalist and is currently a cricket commentator with Sky Sports, and cricket correspondent for The Times.
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- Publication date:
06 Sep 2007
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Hodder & Stoughton