The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became the Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History

William C Rempel (Author)

Product Details

Dey Street Books
Publish Date
January 23, 2018
6.0 X 1.7 X 9.1 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

William C. Rempel is a veteran investigative reporter and editor who specialized in foreign and national projects. During a thirty-six-year career at the Los Angeles Times, he produced groundbreaking reports on subjects ranging from oil tanker safety prior to the Exxon Valdez disaster to the menace of al-Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001. He has received numerous journalism honors, including a shared Overseas Press Club Award for international terrorism reports and a Gerald Loeb Award for financial writing. He was also a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.


"Chockablock with dialogue and intimate detail assembled by deep research... All sorts of celebrities--in business, sports, and elsewhere--glide through the text... [The Gambler] is the compelling story of a Horatio Alger."--Kirkus Reviews
"an engrossing story of a self-made man."--Publishers Weekly
"The book provides a remarkably detailed and fascinating look at the career of an idiosyncratic tycoon."--Booklist
"Rempel assembles a dizzying amount of information about the deals that made [Kerkorian] one of the richest men in America... Now in this most exhaustive biography, he remains as he was in life, a man of great wealth, power, honor, and mystery."--New York Journal of Books
"Gripping and fast-moving... the reporting and the level of detail are astounding... a riveting picture of a figure the world does not know very well, but should."
--Washington Post
"I recommend that every Armenian buy a copy of Kirk's biography and suggest it to their non-Armenian neighbors, friends and colleagues. Kerkorian's incredible accomplishments bestow a great honor upon Armenians worldwide!"--The California Courier
"A fast-moving, dramatic narrative of [Kerkorian's] larger-than-life business career."--Washington Times
"The Gambler is an excellent tour de force biography of a true rags-to-riches impressario... A class act of a biography!--Seattle Book Review
"Informative and entertaining...Rempel's The Gambler does justice to Kerkorian's life and legacy."--CDC Gaming Reports, Inc.
"With The Gambler, Rempel has done Las Vegas and a generation of business entrepreneurs a great service, adding rich detail to the business titan's deals and controversies. Kerkorian's life is a reminder of how far Americans can go"--KNPR