BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. Ben Mezrich, Author. Free Press $24 (p) ISBN. Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich – The #1 national bestseller, now a major motion picture, 21—the amazing inside story about a gambling ring of M.I.T. Bringing Down The House. #1 National Bestseller! The amazing inside story about a gambling ring of M.I.T. students who beat the system in Vegas – and lived.

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The movie version really missed the boat here. However when they switch to a nearby casino, it becomes obvious very quickly that they are not welcomed there.

Bringing Down The House

I love books about casinos! Lists with This Book. Price may vary by retailer. The writer’s strategy in this book is to be aware of your surroundings at all times and to also think before you do. I think that the constant repetition, that I stated before, maybe could be turned down a little in the sense of spacing it out. Jan 12, Bev Hudson rated it it was ok. Card-counting is using your noodle, it is by no means a criminal activity, yet the casinos which say that gambling is a good sport we should all enjoy, don’t act like good sports when others are enjoying winning regularly.

Mezrich not only exaggerated freely, according to sources for both articles, but invented whole parts of the story, including some pivotal events in the book that never happened to anyone. It contains some of the most pointless metaphors I have ever seen in print. This stilted dialogue is just exposition with pointless quote marks wrapped around it.

Review of Bringing Down the House

An article in The Tech, January 16,suggests that Roger Demaree and JP Massar were already running the team and teaching a hundred MIT students to play blackjack by the third week of the s, implying that the team had been founded in the late s, before Bben joined, although Demaree and Massar have mostly avoided publicity. For readers looking for a novel that constantly been them on the edge of their seats and eager to find out what happens next, this is certainly the book for you.


I’m competing with the Red Sox.

Select a language English English. Tay also notices a suspicious man sitting next to him with an earpiece on, quietly reporting his actions. The 1 national bestseller, now a major motion picture, 21 —the amazing inside story about a gambling ring of M.

Oct 12, Kuba Lojewski rated it it was amazing. There is some vocabulary in the book that you may have to look up to understand different pages, but overall I believe that the book was well written and te thought of. The filmmakers threw all that out the window and turned every character, scene and even Vegas itself into a one-dimensional snore.

Rocky Mountain News Denver A lively tale that could pass for thriller fiction I consider Mezrich an arrogant, lucky, semi-literate hack who likes hoise shoulders with brilliant i. Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read. It made me wonder if what they were doing was the right thing to do. The characters and well described places really brought me into the book, ghe into the world of Kevin Lewis.

Aug 07, Nicole rated it it was ok. This is not the Mafia, this is not organised crime, it’s organised gambling defending its right to make sure that only people who lose or at least don’t win big bucks too often are allowed to play.

The only problem is that his embellishments are usually the exciting and more dramatic moments in the book. Some moments in the book where Kevin is at a club, and it describes his addiction to drugs and alcohol may not be comfortable for some readers. February 1, Imprint: Yes, it expressed detail about what a casino looked like, how a character felt, or even how Kevin swims, but it was not enough.

Nonetheless, Lewis does things in the book that Ma himself says did not occur. Aug 08, Michael rated it liked it. A true drama of obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal from deep inside the world of billionaire Russian Oligarchs.

There were so many interesting nuggets of information throughout this gem. One last snippet of this dude’s literary brilliance: Nonfiction can ebn much more skillfully done than this.


I highly agree with Greg because even though the author did use some harsh language, it was needed to help you visualize the book better and help you feel what the characters are feeling better.

Most of them paid taxes on their winnings and used the money won to pay off student loans and begin start-up businesses. This disclaimer allows broad leeway to take real events and real people and alter them in any way the author sees fit.

Based on a True Story”. Gambling in general and casinos in particular were very much in the grip of the Mafia until times not so Casinos deserve whatever anyone can get from them.

I understand that these were added to the book to give it more of a story, but I felt as though Ben really stretched it. Not only is Kevin barred from the casino, but the casino makes is blatantly obvious to him that they know another one of his aliases.

Bringing Down The House « Ben Mezrich

Some readers thought that immoderate use of cursing kind of brought the book to a lower level. Even though the team continues to bring in more and more money, Kevin chooses to go back to work to keep his parents from asking questions and to feel more productive. Let me say this first: The character development in this book is exceptional, especially when it comes to the main character.

Would you like us to take another look at this review? However, I do feel everyone should give this book a shot because not only is it action packed but there is a lot you can learn from it. Martinez hints that the casinos know more about his actions than he ever anticipated. In the last chapter of this book, we discover that three years have passed and Kevin no longer plays blackjack. You submitted the following rating and review.

And they can be ruthless about it.