Below is a guide to recommended backgammon books. These books have received strongly favorable reviews from players and backgammon e-zines. All are available new or used at Amazon and other online bookstores.
by Paul Magriel, Renee Magriel
Considered the bible of backgammon. Former math teacher Paul “X-22” Magriel won the World Championship of Backgammon in 1978. He’s also an accomplished poker player known for his off-beat personality and unusual betting patterns.
Backgammon for Winners
by Bill Robertie
This book uses sample games to reveal the keys to winning play. Author Bill Robertie won the World Championship of Backgammon in 1983 and 1987. Robertie has written several backgammon books and all offer clear, accurate advice. Other excellent books by Robertie include Backgammon for Serious Players, 501 Backgammon Problems and Advanced Backgammon, Volumes 1 and 2.
Backgammon Boot Camp
by Walter Trice
Excellent, modern advice on a range of strategy topics including primes, back games and cube handling.
New Ideas in Backgammon
by Kit Woolsey, Hal Heinrich
Fascinating analysis of more than 100 backgammon problems, validated by a panel of experts and computer analysis by Jellyfish. For intermediate or advanced players.
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Other recommended books include:
Starting Out In Backgammon by Paul Lamford
Classic Backgammon Revisited by Jeremy Paul Bagai
Although the strategic approach to backgammon has changed in recent years due to the use of computer programs like Jellyfish and Snowie to verify correct plays, several out-of-print books from the seventies still offer well-reasoned human advice. These include:
The Backgammon Book by Jacoby & Crawford
Backgammon, The Cruelest Game by Cooke & Bradshaw
Backgammon for Profit by Joe Dwek