Book Review: "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions" by Ben Mezrich

Posted on December 1, 2008 by Blake Leath

Bringing Down the House led to 21 with Kevin Spacey.  I have not seen the movie, but a number of friends have recommended the book.

It's a quick read -- one of three I enjoyed over Thanksgiving 2008 -- and I predict you'll crank through it in a few hours too.

The bottom line: it's a blast, but also a bleak series of recollections.  Given the many dark and twisted characters, you may feel the need to bathe afterward.  The underbelly of Vegas attracts all manner of humankind, and most of them are in rare display here.

For the mathematician in all of us, the feats accomplished by the merry band of blackjack raiders is quite impressive and always fascinating.

Enjoy the book... I'm sure it's much better than the movie.