So it took me two or three weeks to finish Bringing Down the House, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I went to read more about it on Wikipedia after and I was saddened to read that most of it was fabricated though. Does anyone know who or what is true? I really enjoyed The Accidental Billionaires as well as the movie 21, and this sounded interesting enough, so I thought why not. I picked up a used copy at The Strand ($4.95) and dove in.
Wow, did 21 leave a lot out. Loads, actually. The “real” story took place over the course of four years, but the movie made it seem as though it took place over six months, if that long. The entire team was around 15-20 people, rather than 6 or 7. And “Kevin Lewis” (“Ben Campbell” in the movie, and Jeff Ma in real life) didn’t want to be a doctor at all - it was his father who wanted him to go to Med school. He just wanted to add some excitement to his life. They didn’t just go to Vegas either, they went to Atlantic City, a riverboat casino outside of Chicago, and Foxwoods as well.
It’s definitely worth a read, even though I’m now contemplating trying to learn how to count cards - not really, but it’s incredibly mind boggling how they do it. Next on my reading list: The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson.
More information here on Wikipedia.