Whist is a classic four-player, partnership, trick-taking card game of English origins, valued for its simple rules yet great capacity for strategic play. Whist reached its peak in the late 19th century, but remains a popular game with clubs and social groups.
The following Whist books include instruction books, strategy guides, tutorials, and more:
Featured Whist Books
- Rise and Fly: Tall Tales and Mostly True Rules of Bid Whist
Here's a rollicking celebration and guide to bid whist, the official game of family reunions, cookouts, backyard barbecues, and house parties. In Rise and Fly, veteran journalists Greg Morrison and Yanick Rice Lamb explore the deeper secrets of the game. Full of history, lore, and the personal recollections of celebrities and regular folks alike, this is the first all-in-one book of bid whist, a treasure for anyone who's ever pulled up to the table and been dealt in.
- The Complete Win at Whist
This book introduces the novice to the game, and improves strategy and technique for player of all abilities. The official rules for different variations of the game are detailed. Bid Whilst in the primary focus, and several aspects of this modern variation are explored. In addition, the original straight Whist game (no kitty), and the Kitty Whist game (w/o Jokers) are featured. A full chapter is dedicated to the other types of Whist played in different countries. Detailed discussion and analysis of instructional hands demonstrate the logic and thought behind every play. By Joe Andrews.
- Foster's Whist Manual
Whist was a wildly popular card game in the late 19th century--so popular that it was almost one's social duty to become an accomplished Whist player. Among the most reliable authorities and instructors was R.F. Foster, who developed a complete hands-on system for learning the game and becoming a first-class player. Those who follow his system can become expert in leading, playing the second hand, developing strategies, seeing signals, and using trumps. Also included are the Laws of Whist as adopted at the Third American Whist Congress in 1893, the Laws of Duplicate Whist, and the Etiquette of Whist. "No book has won more popularity among the Whist-loving community than Foster's Whist Manual."
- How to Play Whist: With the Laws and Etiquette of Whist
Originally published in 1891, this volume by Richard A. Proctor, from the Cornell University Library's print collection is now available in paperback for modern audiences. The book, sub-titled "Whist-Whittlings, and Forty Fully-Annotated Games", is introduced thus by the author: "Whist, properly played, is the finest of all card games; perhaps -- not even excepting chess -- the finest of all sedentary games."
- The Correct Card: Or, How to Play at Whist. A Whist Catechism
This vintage Whist book, by Arthur Campbell Walker, is introduced by the author: "What card should I play? This is the question that presents itself at every stage of the game of Whist, and which I shall endeavor to answer."
Note: You may also want to consider investing in a general Card Games Rule Book, which contains rules for Whist as well as numerous other card games.