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Books about Las Vegas

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by rdunc311, Jun 20, 2012.

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  1. rdunc311

    rdunc311 Tourist

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    I'm currently reading "Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas"

    It's a great book. I'm about halfway through and have learned a lot about how Steve Wynn started the resorts in Vegas with the Mirage. Nice detail for Vegas-lovers.

    Any other books I should pick up to learn more about Vegas?
     
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    It depends on what your interest in Vegas is - some people love the Rat Pack era, some people are into the history of the Mob and some people want to learn about the moguls like Steve Wynn who built the city up to what it is today etc.

    Here is a list of books - there are plenty of different books on various topics and you can probably find good deals on the titles that interest you by searching them out on Amazon.com.

    A few that are really good that I would recommend are The Battle for Las Vegas: The Law Vs. the Mob; When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Murder, Mayhem, and Money; Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman's Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas; Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas by Pete Earley and Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness by Dennis N. Griffin and Frank Cullotta :

    http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/las-vegas
     
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    "Whale Hunt In The Desert" was a decent read, some parts were a little boring though.

    Does anyone know of a good recent coffee table book? I'm looking for a big one full of good pictures of the strip, the newer the better, no old stuff.
     
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    Big Julie of Las Vegas and the Green Felt Jungle. Great books from another era.
     
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    24/7....its a book length trip report...excellent read
     
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    I enjoyed Whale Hunt in the Desert too. In the last couple of weeks I've read Under the Neon Sky by Jay Rankin and You Want What - Concierge Tales From the Men and Women Who Make Las Vegas Dreams Come True. Both were cheap on Kindle.
     
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    I've read many of the books listed above. Winner take all is a good book, one of the better ones in retrospect. Whale hunt is good, as is Super Casino.

    ANother book not mentioend is the one by the guys who bought the GN, the name escapes me, but they go through their 2 years as casino owners and sweating the action.

    What I learned is that this business takes heart. Some got it, most don't.
     
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    Sounds like a good book, thanks.

    I also liked Running Scared, it's an "unauthorized" biography of Steve Wynn, starting out in his early days in AC and going forward from there.
     
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    That 'good reads' list is quite comprehensive. Thanks for posting that.
    Here's a few I've read i didn't notice on the list:

    The Money and the Power(Sally Denton and Roger Morris)
    The Last Honest Place in America(Marc Cooper)
    Sharks in the Desert(John L Smith)
    Lady Las Vegas(Susan Berman)
    Neon Metropolis(Hal Rothman)

    I should add if you're looking for fiction with a Vegas setting you could do worse than James Swain's series featuring Tony Valentine a 'consultant' hired by casinos to ferret out gambling cheats. Entertaining series , some of which are set in Atlantic City.
     
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