License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver (Hardcover)

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In this seedily entertaining memoir of low finance, the proprietor of the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop and star of the History Channel’s Pawn Stars reports from the world of gonzo capitalism, Las Vegas style. Harrison and coauthor Keown are cheerful and honest about the pawnshop biz: the 10% a month interest; the hard-nosed, deceptive bargaining to acquire treasures for a song; the eternal duel with scammers and thieves peddling fakes and stolen goods; the infamous night window where customers line up at 3 a.m. for cash to fuel their addictions.

These operations generate a steady stream of only-in-Vegas stories; there’s the trust funder who gambled away million in 36 hours, the woman who offered her gold tooth for sale and asked for a pair of pliers to extract it, and "the juxtaposition of the nun and the hookers—let’s just say it was surreal." Harrison’s self-mythologizing—"I was a tenth-grade drop-out who read and studied more than most college students"—drags a bit and his meta-saga of TV deal making undercuts the tone of seamy authenticity. Still, this tale of family entrepreneurship is full of intriguing details on the desperate things people do for money.

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4.0

Very interesting read!

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      I "tore through" the book in less than 24 hours! Definitely one of the more interesting reads that I've stumbled across in my life. Would definitely recommend this to friends and family who are also fans of Pawn Stars. :)

       
      5.0

      excellent read

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        excellent read. If you are a fan of the show Pawn Stars you will love this book. You will learn a lot about Rick Harrison and his family from this read. I very highly recommend it.

         
        5.0

        A must read for all Pawn Stars fans.

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            A great read. You will learn a lot about Rick Harrison and his family from this book.

             
            5.0

            GREAT INTERESTING BOOK

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            from Syracuse, NY

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              I love everything about Pawn Stars therefore I am very happy to have this book.

               
              5.0

              Fantastic Read

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              from Manheim PA

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                  Could not put it down. The book is so well written it is like Rick is sitting there "telling" you the story. It is a wonderful read. Two days is all it took !

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                  5.0

                  This is a great book

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                  from Ohio

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                  I really enjoyed this book. To be honest, I purchased this book on a whim and did not have have great expectations. To my surprise, this book was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. I read it on vacation so I had a lot of time to read, but I finished it in less than 24hrs. It is a real page turner.

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                  5.0

                  Good book with great stories of the shop

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                  from Forth Worth Texas

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                    Great book with lots of extras on the life of the boys from the shop. Did you know that Corey and Chumlee where both stuggleing with meth at one point of their lifes?

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                    5.0

                    Just as great as the show!!

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                        I bought the hard cover for my sister and I ordered the Kindle for PC version (from [...])...It was fascinating and I just could not put it down.

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