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With Nary A Pa'r in His Hand

by James McManus |  Published: Jul 04, 2007


As Garry Wills' Nixon Agonistes was the first presidential biography to emphasize poker, Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative, published in three magnificent volumes between 1958 and 1974, was the first work of history to explore how the game's lore and logic fit into the overall scheme of America's most definitive conflict.

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