Bumblepuppy Days

The evolution from whist to bridge

by: Julian Laderman

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The origins of the game of bridge have been shrouded in mystery... but no longer.  Tracing the development of the game and the fascinating characters who played it from whist through to auction bridge and eventually contract, the author reveals the missing link, and demonstrates how the world's most popular card game came into being.

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Mr Ely Culbertson 1932

Bridge player Ely Culbertson talks about the game.

The Bridge "Battle" 1930-1931

Bridge game between people showing rival systems for bidding.

Critics’ Viewpoint
An engaging delightful journey through the history of bridge, the emphasis being on how and why the game evolved from whist. The trick with any history is to include sufficient detail to illustrate the argument but to avoid burying the reader in that detail. Laderman does that skillfully, as well as leavening the detail with amusing, interesting or insightful anecdotes. Even those well-read in the history of bridge will find something new in this volume. — David Morgan, Australian Bridge  12/30/2015
History would be a more popular subject if schoolteachers utilized the humor and color that Laderman uses in discussing the curious and surprising aspects of bridge history. — ABTA  12/15/2015
Much of what went on in the early days having to do with the players and the psychology and culture of the game still has much relevance today – an interesting read. — Denver Post  04/18/2016
A most delightful account of the period from 1880-1940 -- from the glory days of whist to the mature state of its ultimate successor, contract bridge. Delightful reading. — American Bridge Teachers\' Association  07/29/2015
This is the most interesting book that I have read in a long time. I thoroughly recommend this book to all readers, not merely those who are interested in the history of the game. — Bridge Magazine  07/17/2015
Delightful background stories abound. — Dee Berry, ABTA Quarterly  06/29/2015
Expecting only a dry examination of fossils, I found meticulous scholarship leavened with dry wit and whimsy, elaborate detail where necessary, and pithy capsule description where sufficient. Afterwards, I wished that I'd experienced this retired math professor as a history teacher. — The Bridge World  03/01/2015
I so enjoyed this book! I say that as someone without the bridge skills to appreciate all it offers. There is so much to enjoy–gambling aspects of bridge, card games and their role in American social life. Just the evolving way choosing trump changed the game of bridge–all so interesting to me. — Maggy Simony, The Bridge Table  06/11/2015
The history of bridge is [entertainingly] brought to colorful light. — New York Times  12/15/2014
A lovely gift for bridge history aficionados. — ACBL Bulletin  11/18/2014


Julian Laderman
Julian Laderman
Dr. Julian Laderman is a retired mathematics and computer science professor (Lehman College, City University of New York). He is a two-time winner of the American Bridge Teachers’ Association Book of the Year Award, winning for A Bridge to Simple Squeezes in 2006 and A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play in 2009. His book on the history of bridge, Bumblepuppy Days, received the Alan Truscott Memorial Award from the International Bridge Press Association in 2016. For many years he wrote the bridge column for The Bronx Journal.

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