The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats (Paperback)

A Newcomer's Journey into the World of Bridge

By Edward McPherson

It Books, 9780061127656, 368pp.

Publication Date: June 24, 2008

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (8/7/2007)

List Price: 15.99*
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At one time the game was even bigger than baseball. Today bridge is played by more than twenty-five million people in the United States alone, with Bill Gates, a sitting Supreme Court justice, and the guys from Radiohead among its devotees. In this spirited homage, Edward McPherson recounts the colorful history of the game and his attempts to master its mysteries in time to compete at the North American Bridge Championships—despite being barely able to shuffle cards, let alone play competitively. Insightful, funny, and steeped in respect, The Backwash Squeeze is an affectionate view of a grand game by an outsider trying to make his way into the inner circle.

About the Author

Edward McPherson has contributed to such publications as the New York Times Magazine, New York Observer, I.D., Esopus, Absolute, and Talk. Originally from Texas, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.