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  • Published: 1 July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099468233
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $24.99

Bringing Down The House



A gripping real-life financial action thriller, telling the story of a brilliant team of MIT students who won millions of dollars in Las Vegas. Ocean's Eleven, but for real.

Adapted into the box office hit heist drama film 21, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth.

Real life all too rarely offers stories that are quite as satisfying as fiction. Bringing Down the House is one of the exceptions: a real-life action thriller oozing with money, sex and some extremely dodgy dealing...

Cheating in casinos is illegal; card-counting - making a record of what cards have so far been dealt to enable the player to make some prediction of what cards remain in the deck - is not. But casinos understandably dislike the practice and make every effort to keep card-counters out of their premises. Bringing Down the House tells the true story of the most successful financial scam ever, in which teams of brilliant young mathematicians and physicists won millions of dollars from the casinos and blackjack tables of Las Vegas, in the process getting drawn into the high life of drugs, sex and spending big.

Bringing Down the House is as readable and as fascinating as Liar's Poker or Barbarians At the Gate, an insight into a closed, excessive and utterly corrupt world of gambling in Las Vegas.

  • Published: 1 July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099468233
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich is the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House in addition to many other books, both fiction and non-fiction. The major motion picture 21, starring Kevin Spacey, was based on Bringing Down the House. The Oscar-winning film The Social Network was adapted from The Accidental Billionaires. Mezrich lives in Boston with his wife and son.

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Praise for Bringing Down The House

... Bringing Down the House is a can't-miss deal

Lorenzo Carcaterra

A surreal cacophony of glamour, suspense and, eventually, terror. Part Tom Clancy, part Elmore Leonard...Gripping

The List

The tale laid out in Bringing Down the House is so beguiling, so agreeably reminiscent of, say Ocean's Eleven or House of Games that you find yourself mentally casting the parts as you read along... A fine yarn' Sunday Times

A lively tale that could pass for thriller fiction ... Mezrich's skilled yet easy writing draws sweat to the reader's brow

Rocky Mountain News

Bringing Down the House has a sensational story to tell

Literary Review

Astonishing real life tale, with enough info to do it yourself

FHM

'Seminal... Classic rags to riches, with lots of sex and plenty of danger, set in ever sparkling Las Vegas

Daily Mirror

Gripping. It is the gang's constant fear of being unmasked that makes this book so exciting. [I read] this thrilling book in almost one sitting - it is, to use that cliche, 'unputdownable'. A book that will surely become a classic of its genre

Sunday Express