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Kushner, David 1968-

Overview
Works: 31 works in 119 publications in 4 languages and 4,289 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographical comics  Nonfiction comics  Anecdotes  Travel writing  Autobiographies  Interviews  Comic books, strips, etc 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Contributor
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about David Kushner
 
Most widely held works by David Kushner
Masters of Doom : how two guys created an empire and transformed pop culture by David Kushner( Book )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to co-create the most notoriously successful game franchises in history- Doom and Quake- until the games they made tore them apart. Americans spend more money on video games than on movie tickets. Masters of Doom is the first book to chronicle this industry's greatest story, written by one of the medium's leading observers. David Kushner takes readers inside the rags-to-riches adventure of two rebellious entrepreneurs who came of age to shape a generation. The vivid portrait reveals why their games are so violent and why their immersion in their brilliantly designed fantasy worlds offered them solace. And it shows how they channeled their fury and imagination into products that are a formative influence on our culture, from MTV to the Internet to Columbine. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry - a powerful and compassionate account of what it's like to be young, driven, and wildly creative
Levittown : two families, one tycoon, and the fight for civil rights in America's legendary suburb by David Kushner( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how the entrepreneurial Levitt family constructed affordable community homes that were only available to white buyers, recounting how the Wechslers, a white Jewish communist family, secretly arranged for a black family to purchase a house next door, an arrangement that resulted in an explosive response and influential integration practices
Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids : how a gang of geeks beat the odds and stormed Las Vegas by David Kushner( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If you think a gang of real-life geeks can't take on the world and win big ... think again. And whatever you do, don't sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards-and turned it into a fortune. The ultimate bully-magnet, Finkel grew up heckled and hazed until destiny came in the form of a trading-card game called Magic: The Gathering. Magic exploded from nerdy obsession to mainstream mania and made the teenage Finkel an ultracool world champion. Once transformed, this young shark stormed poker rooms from the underground clubs of New York City to the high-stakes tables online, until he landed on the largest card-counting blackjack team in the country. Taking Vegas for millions, Finkel's squad of brainy gamers became the biggest players in town. Then they took on the town's biggest game, the World Series of Poker, and walked away with more than $3.5 million. Thrilling, edgy, and ferociously feel-good, the odyssey of these underdogs-turned-overlords is the stuff of pop-culture legend. And David Kushner, acclaimed author of Masters of Doom, masterfully deals out the outrageous details while bringing to life a cast of characters rife with aces, kings, knaves ... and more than a few jokers. If you secretly believe every player has his day, you're right. Here's the proof
Jacked : the outlaw story of Grand theft auto by David Kushner( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book explains how British prep school brothers Sam and Dan Houser took their dream of fame, fortune, and the glamor of American pop culture and transformed it into a worldwide videogame blockbuster. Written by David Kushner, author of Masters of Doom and a top journalist on gaming, and drawn from over ten years of interviews and research, including firsthand knowledge of Grand Theft Auto's creators and detractors. Offers inside details on key episodes in the development of the series, including the financial turmoil of Rockstar games, the infamous "Hot Coffee" sex minigame incident, and more"--
Rise of the dungeon master : Gary Gygax and the creation of D & D by David Kushner( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rise of the Dungeon Master tells, in graphic form, the story of Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, one of the most influential games ever made. Like the game itself, the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story. Gygax was the son of immigrants who grew up in Lake Geneva, WI, in the 1950s. An imaginative misfit, he escaped into a virtual world based on science fiction novels, military history and strategic games like chess. In the mid-1970s, he co-created the wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons game, determining the rules and inventing the signature 20-sided dice. Starting out in the basement of his home, he was soon struggling to keep up with the demand. Gygax was a purist, in the sense that he was adamant that players use their imaginations and that the rules of the game remain flexible. A creative mind with no real knowledge of business, he made some strategic errors and had a falling out with the game's co-creator, his close friend and partner, David Arneson. By the late 1970s the game had become so popular among kids that parents started to worry -- so much so that a mom's group was formed to alert parents to the dangers of role play and fantasy. The backlash only fueled the fires of the young fans who continued to play the game, escaping into imaginary worlds. Before long, D & D conventions were set up around the country and the game inspired everything from movies to the first video games. With D & D, Gygax created the kind of role playing fantasy that would fuel the multibillion dollar video game industry, and become a foundation of contemporary geek culture"--
The best American travel writing 2017 by Jason Wilson( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an anthology of the best travel writing published in 2017, selected from magazines, newspapers, and web sites
Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids by David Kushner( )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If you think a gang of real-life geeks can't take on the world and win big ... think again. And whatever you do, don't sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards-and turned it into a fortune. The ultimate bully-magnet, Finkel grew up heckled and hazed until destiny came in the form of a trading-card game called Magic: The Gathering. Magic exploded from nerdy obsession to mainstream mania and made the teenage Finkel an ultracool world champion. Once transformed, this young shark stormed poker rooms from the underground clubs of New York City to the high-stakes tables online, until he landed on the largest card-counting blackjack team in the country. Taking Vegas for millions, Finkel's squad of brainy gamers became the biggest players in town. Then they took on the town's biggest game, the World Series of Poker, and walked away with more than $3.5 million. Thrilling, edgy, and ferociously feel-good, the odyssey of these underdogs-turned-overlords is the stuff of pop-culture legend. And David Kushner, acclaimed author of Masters of Doom, masterfully deals out the outrageous details while bringing to life a cast of characters rife with aces, kings, knaves ... and more than a few jokers. If you secretly believe every player has his day, you're right. Here's the proof
Music online for dummies by David Kushner( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Dutch and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacked : the outlaw story of Grand Theft Auto by David Kushner( )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The creation of the biggest and most controversial video game franchise-Grand Theft Auto-is a fascinating and mostly unknown tale. David Kushner pulls the curtain back on this generation-defining story
Jacked : the Rockstar story of guns, games and Grand Theft Auto by David Kushner( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the back bedrooms of suburban London to the most powerful offices on Capitol Hill, this story takes the reader on a journey through the pioneering and exciting, yet controversial rise of Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto franchise
Jacked : the unauthorized behind-the-scenes story of Grand Theft Auto by David Kushner( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The behind-the-scenes story of the world's most notorious and controversial video games company - Rockstar Games
Prepare to meet thy doom : and more true gaming stories by David Kushner( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Masters of Doom author David Kushner comes Prepare to Meet Thy Doom, a compilation of true gaming stories covering many facets of America's biggest entertainment business: the video game industry. In addition to more than a dozen fascinating tales of game creation, play, business, and controversy, Prepare to Meet Thy Doom follows up on Kushner's previous bestseller with a long-awaited update on id Software founders John Romero and John Carmack
Masters of Doom : how two guys created an empire and transformed pop culture by David Kushner( )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together they ruled big business, transformed popular culture, and provoked a national controversy. But more than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history-Doom and Quake-until the games they made tore them apart.This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry-a powerful and compassionate account of what it's like to be young, driven, and wildly creative
Musica online by David Kushner( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in Spanish and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Q & A with David Kushner and Jon "Jonny Magic" Finkel( )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If you think a gang of real-life geeks can't take on the world and win big ... think again. And whatever you do, don't sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards-and turned it into a fortune!
Les maîtres du jeu vidéo by David Kushner( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world's most dangerous geek : and more true hacking stories by David Kushner( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every day, it seems, we hear stories about hackers. Hackers breaking into the computers of banks, governments, and corporations. Some are criminals, coding to exploit and destroy. Others are activists, using their tools to challenge institutions and fight for freedom. But often these characters linger in the shadows. Who are they? What makes them tick? Are they our allies, or our enemies? For the past twenty years, author David Kushner has been exploring these questions, interviewing key players, and providing much-needed answers. The World's Most Dangerous Geek: And More True Hacking Stories is a riveting collection of his exclusive reports from the online underworld. We meet a fugitive hacktivist from the notorious collective, Anonymous; a lonely Floridian who hacked the emails of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood; and two artificial intelligence researchers who were both found dead in the same mysterious way. You will come away from these stories with an appreciation for the awesome power of the Internet both to make fortunes and erase them, to build lives and destroy them
Jacked : l'histoire officieuse de Grand theft auto by David Kushner( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in French and English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doom by David Kushner( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alligator candy : a memoir by David Kushner( Recording )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From award-winning journalist David Kushner, a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and other premier magazines, Alligator Candy is a reported memoir about family, survival, and the unwavering power of love. David Kushner grew up in the early 1970s in the Florida suburbs. It was when kids still ran free, riding bikes and disappearing into the nearby woods for hours at a time. One morning in 1973, however, everything changed. David's older brother Jon biked through the forest to the convenience store for candy, and never returned. Every life has a defining moment, a single act that charts the course we take and determines who we become. For Kushner, it was Jon's disappearance-a tragedy that shocked his family and the community at large. Decades later, now a grown man with kids of his own, Kushner found himself unsatisfied with his own memories and decided to revisit the episode a different way: through the eyes of a reporter. His investigation broug
 
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David Kushner American writer

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Languages
English (103)

French (3)

Dutch (2)

Spanish (1)