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Books about Las Vegas
Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
by Michelle Ferrari and Stephen Ives
Las Vegas is a unique city and this book by Michelle Ferrari and Stephen Ives is a colorful work on our great city. Starting at the beginning of modern Las Vegas it covers the large tourism market and the city’s origins in the face of many difficulties.
This coffee table book has a variety of images that include vintage poolside photographs. One complete chapter covers the involvement of the Mob in Las Vegas. This history also includes information about the Rat Pack, marriage mills, and the neon-suffused architecture.
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When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem and Murder
by Steve Fischer
Vegas in the 1950s and 60s was (and still is) the hottest spot in the Mojave Desert. This behind the scenes look at the Mob, celebrities, and the people is an attention grabber. The book includes stories about big names like Frank Sinatra, Harpo Marx, Sam Giancana, Meyer Lansky, Carolos Marcello, and Frank Costello.
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Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman’s Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas
by John L. Smith
Our illustrious Mayor Oscar Goodman spent over three decades defending some of the most notorious crime figures in Las Vegas. He defended Anthony Spilotro, Meyer Lansky, and Frank Rosenthal, to mention just a few. This book describes how Goodman rose from a modest childhood in Philadelphia to become the “happiest mayor in America.”
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The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America
by Sally Denton and Roger Moris
American history would not be complete without including the incidents and individuals involved in the history of Las Vegas. The power of our town cannot be overestimated. Las Vegas’ thriving economy was under the control of a handful of influential and commanding men. This played a major role in the United States’ economy and politics.
This ambitious and jarring investigative history explores the little known history of Las Vegas and how the city grew with notorious criminals and eccentrics into an empire of gambling and tourism. Organized crime and corrupted police all played a central role to the Las Vegas’ economic boom.
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The Grit Beneath the Glitter
by Hal Rothman and Mike Davis
Taking readers into a look of Las Vegas from the inside out this book reflects on how Vegas became one of the most celebrated cities in the world. Seeing Vegas as the locals do, where they live, work, attend school it separates the fantasy and glitter from the everyday real life.
Long-time citizens and professionals talk about the transformation of Vegas. You can get a sneak peak at the world that employees experience when they enter casinos–from the parking lot to the glitter of the casinos themselves.
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