One Last Spin: The Power and Peril of the Pokies (Paperback)

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A poignant and compassionate work of literary journalism that tackles Australia's most controversial pastime.

Almost 200,000 poker machines sing and flash in pubs, clubs, and casinos in every corner of the country. They're highly complex devices, their components designed by mathematicians, musicians, animators, and ergonomic experts. They're also widely considered the most harmful form of gambling, the cause of the majority of gambling addictions. So how did Australia evolve into a pokie nation?

With startlingly candid interviews from gambling addicts, politicians, manufacturers, neuroscientists, counsellors, anti-gambling campaigners, and gambling advocates, One Last Spin explores how the machines work to hook people in, and the vicious fight being waged to evict them from the country's social life. It is a confronting tale about the human cost of addiction, of governments pandering to corporate interests, and of the insidious power of the industry's PR spin.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781947534483
ISBN-10: 1947534483
Publisher: Scribe Us
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Pages: 336
Language: English