10 Books about Las Vegas–from the Mob to the Neon Lights

If you've never been to Vegas or you are a regular, it is an intriguing city, full of glamour, glitz, shows, gambling and a storied history of the mob. This list of books about Las Vegas take those topics and run with it.

The city that never sleeps has many books about Las Vegas that will take you to places that most locals and tourists will never know. Whether you are a tourist, local, or never even been to Vegas these books will fascinate and enthrall you. Get the scoop from these great Las Vegas books!

Our Picks of 10 Books About Las Vegas

The Battle for Las Vegas: The Law Vs. the Mob

From the 1970s through the mid-1980s, the Chicago Outfit dominated organized crime in Las Vegas. To ensure the smooth flow of cash, the gangsters installed a front man with no criminal background, Allen R. Glick, as the casino owner of record, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthaal as the real boss of casino operations, and Tony Spilotro as the ultimate enforcer, who'd do whatever it took to protect their interests. Federal and local law enforcement declared war on organized crime. The Battle for Las Vegas relates the story of the fight between the tough buys on both sides.

Las Vegas Then and Now

by Su Kim Chung

Once upon a time, ‘Sin City’ attracted a different sort of visitor. Spanish explorers were the first to come to this desert oasis to enjoy its natural hot springs and named the spot Las Vegas, or ‘the meadows.’ Now just a century after it was founded in 1905, Las Vegas is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the US. Fascinating then-and-now photographs capture the city’s evolution from desert railroad outpost to the gambling and entertainment capital of the world.

See just how much has changed in Las Vegas Then and Now.

Las Vegas Cocktails: Over 100 Recipes Inspired by Sin City (City Cocktails)

by Cider Mill Press

Cocktails! If you’ve been to a Vegas casino, you’ve more than likely heard that called out by a waitress. Now you can bring those same cocktails home. Mixologists and bartenders can make or break a place and these are the best of the best recipes.

This is an elegant collection of over 100 recipes inspired by Sin City.

The Las Vegas Chronicles: The Inside Story of Sin City, Celebrities, Special Players and Fascinating Casino Owners

The Las Vegas Chronicles assembles the true stories of the city’s most conniving mobsters and how they ran Sin City during its heyday. Pairing McLean’s personal experience working in Las Vegas with his vivid investigative style of writing, this is one of the most beautifully illustrated books about Las Vegas. It gives you a unique look into the history of this extraordinary city.

Uncover the Hollywood myth behind Bugsy Siegel and his wacko schemes for the Flamingo Hotel, and witness the real evolution of the fabulous Strip.

Fool Me Once: Hustlers, Hookers, Headliners, and How Not to Get Screwed in Vegas

by Rick Lax

Rick Lax was paranoid to begin with. He saw lies everywhere. And when he saw them, he spoke up. But when his girlfriend gets conned by a violent drug dealer, nothing Rick does seems to help. So what if he misses the next lie? What if spotting them isn’t enough to protect against them? What if exposing lies puts him in even more danger? During the course of his unconventional education, Rick gets closer to becoming a human lie detector…but at what cost?

Books about Las Vegas don't get much better than this!

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."

For more information on this book or to purchase click here: Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman's Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas (True Crime)

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.

For more information on this book or to purchase click here: The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America

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.

For more information on this book or to purchase click here: When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem and Murder

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.

For more information on this book or to purchase click here: The Grit Beneath the Glitter: Tales from the Real 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.

For more information on this book or to purchase click here: Las Vegas: An Unconventional History

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