From colonial times through Canfield, with just a glance at fairly current phases of gambling -- such is the scope of this revelation of a somewhat seamy, but rather dramatic phase of the American picture. The first section of the book is specifically concerned with types of gambling, faro, poker, craps, and so on. Each type is taken in turn, its historical aspects presented, its rules summarized. Frankly I found this rather dull, though perhaps useful for reference purposes. Then came the history of gambling as practised in this country, city by city, with ample and colorful anecdotal material about famous gamblers. The concentration is on the period of the mid-century. A rather specialized market.