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  Author Ball, Baron Vernon
  Title Alpha Backgammon
  Subtitle With an Exclusive Section on How to Win Through Silva Mind Control
  Cover Cover
          (Hard- and softcover look identical.)
  Year 1980
  Pages 188
  Publisher William Morrow and Co., New York
  Binding Published with Soft- and Hardcover in the same year.
  ISBN 0-688-03714-3 (Hardcover)
0-688-08714-0 (Softcover)
  Language English
  Remarks 1. Better don't trust Ball's recommendations :-)

2. I am still searching for the hardcover version of this book. If you can help, please contact me via eMail.
  From the same Author How to Make a Fortune at Backgammon, 1982
  Book Reviews "Now here's a hilarious book. I'd love to know where the author earned his 'World Champion' title as advertised on the cover. The book is the only one I've seen, though, that offers advice in positions that we often regard as completely beyond help. For instance, in the bear-off with two checkers on one's own ace-point and an opponent on roll with a checker on the ace- and three- points, Ball encourages us: 'X does not sit idly by and accept as fact that he will lose. X knows that 2-1's do appear and that he knows how to help make a 2-1 appear more often than probability. X visualizes a 2-1 on his mental screen and concentrates while O is rolling the dice ...' (p.186)"--Albert Steg