"A gripping, insightful, and poignant analysis of the psychological power of machine gambling, read through the lens of an extraordinary collection of narratives and theoretical sources. Schll illuminates the multiple, intersecting logics of the industry as a sociotechnical assemblage, showing how casino design, gambling machines, and gamblers are drawn together into a kind of integrated circuit aimed at maximizing the gamblers'' entrainment and the industry''s profits."--Lucy A. Suchman, author of "Human-Machine Reconfigurations"
"Addiction by Design is an extremely enlightening ethnographic account of a little-studied form of gambling. The ethnography is rich and deep, shedding original light on the significance of addiction and gambling in American culture. Schll offers a provocative and important study of the imperative some people feel to lose themselves in a machine. The story told in the book is absolutely riveting."--Emily Martin, author of "Bipolar Expeditions"