Snooker Bookshelf: Page 10
"The "Encyclopedia" of Pool Hustlers"
Freddy "the Beard" Bentivegna. 386 pages. Indexed. Published 2013.
A truly wonderful collection of short biographies of the famous and infamous. Full of anecdotes, funny, sad, and all fascinating. Perhaps surprisingly, several gangsters and celebrities (including Al Capone and Elvis Presley) get a mention. Includes background stories relating to "The Hustler" and "The Colour of Money" films. Perfectly concluded with a Hustlers' Glossary of Terms.
"Pool Table Assembly: Detailed and Illustrated Instructions for Most Pool Tables"
Mose Duane. 74 pages. Published 2013.
"Pool Table Assembly" is a complete, detailed, and illustrated instruction manual for assembling almost any pool table. The need for it came about with the realization that far too many people are talked out of assembling their own pool table because "professionals" can do a better job. Nothing could be further from the truth. Assembling a pool table is not hard, and with a little insight and this manual, any rookie should be able to do a proficient job in an afternoon.
"A Rookie's Guide to Playing Winning Pool: From Beginning to Advanced Players"
Mose Duane. 216 pages. 2nd Edition Published 2013.
No matter what your level of pool playing ability is, this book will intice you into thinking in different terms, or reinforce some of your own thoughts, that will make you a better player. It's well illustrated, with practice shot suggestions and game strategies."
"Basics to Improve Your Game of Pool"
Robert Lavala. 62 pages. Published 2012.
When you set out to improve any aspect of your life, whether for fun or for a more serious nature, you need discipline. This one word, and the corresponding actions required by it, are one of the major reasons people fail to see improvement or significant change in their lives - or their game of pool! This little book may remind you of things you take for granted, we get complacent about things we have been doing for a long time. If you find yourself in a quandary about why your game is either stagnant or hardly improving, this little book may just nudge you towards a better game."
"Pool: It's Mental, It's Physical, It's Mystical"
Richard Dean Smith. 296 pages. Published 2011.
"Once a player masters the basics of pool, mental aspects become paramount. Even expert players are plagued by the game's mental demands. I look at the game from the point of view of the player striving to improve his/her game faced with the importance of the mental aspects of playing before spectators, competitive and performance stress, as well as strange and mystical occurrences within the confines of the green abyss of a pool table. I explore and interpret ways these mental and metaphysical aspects of the game operate in all players."
"The Yoga of Pool: Secrets to becoming a Champion in Billiards and in Life"
Paul Rodney Turner. 128 pages. Published 2010.
"The book provides the fundamental ingredients of what makes a great billiards player. The chapters are concise and digestible and not filled with unnecessary fluff. The idea behind the book was to give you an easy-to-understand roadmap to success, in the form of short essays describing key elements of the game. As the subtitle suggests, this book is much more than the secrets for success in billiards; it is, in a way, a kind of directive for the billiards enthusiast on what makes one successful in life."
Max Eberle. 192 pages. Published 2009.
"Zen Pool teaches you all the practical insights and skills, then goes one step further - showing you how to improve your game by increasing your physical, and mental awareness in the present moment. Many readers have described remarkable improvements after reading the lessons taught in this book - and many professional players have reported winning more tournaments. Let three-time national billiards champion Max Eberle awaken the master within you."
"Pleasures of Small Motions:
Mastering the Mental Game of Pocket Billiards"
Robert T. Fancher. 160 pages. Published 2002.
Concentrates purely on the mental techniques to guide all players through the pressures of competitive play.
"The Hustler & the Champ: Willie Mosconi,
Minnesota Fats, and the Rivalry That Defined Pool"
R. A. Dyer. 320 pages. Indexed. 17 Photographs. Pub. 2007.
Mosconi may have been remembered as one of the most dominant sports figures of all time, a man who had laid low some of the greatest players in history-but no one would pose a greater threat to his legacy than Minnesota Fats. In 1978, both men came together for what would become the most viewed pocket billiards match in American history.
"Hustler Days: Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter,
Jersey Red, and America's Great Age of Pool"
R. A. Dyer. 296 pages. Indexed. 16 Photographs. Pub. 2003.
Biographies of three of America's greatest pool hustlers. Some wonderful stories of their games against each other, but their lives also seem tinged with sadness. Makes the biographies of our English pro's look rather tame by comparison.