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La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life, by Elaine Sciolino

I’m reading Stephen Clarke’s review of Elaine Sciolino’s book in the New York Times. I borrowed the book from the library. It’s a good book. It goes over the same ground as many other such books about French culture and society. What it has to recommend it is, first, it’s current; and the author is…
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William Thomas “Billy” Burbridge

Billy Burbridge was a professional gambler who had flourished in New York and Havana during the Gilded Age. He was the brother of my great grandfather, John Black Burbridge, of Winfield, Kansas. He had been a partner in several gaming establishments in Manhattan, including The House with the Bronze Door, which had been designed by Stanford White.