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Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Readingfanman, Nov 13, 2013.

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  1. Readingfanman

    Readingfanman Low-Roller

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    Does anyone have any recommendations for any books around Vegas/ Hotel history?

    Really not too fussy when it comes to what it's about, but would prefer it to be set in modern era, fiction or non fiction doesn't bother me. Really enjoyed the making of the Golden Nugget book by Brietling. Currently reading Under the Neon Light by a Vegas doorman, which probably isn't quite as good.

    Any other recommendations?
     
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    I really enjoyed "24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down" by Andres Martinez. The author was a reporter for the WSJ and went to Vegas as a first timer with his $50k book advance to gamble it up and write about his experiences. Its also interspersed with various history and inside baseball type stuff. Very fun read and well-written. Its about 15 years old though, so casinos like the Luxor were still a big draw.
     
  3. Readingfanman

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    Sounds perfect, exactly the sort of read I enjoy. Will whack it on my xmas list.
     
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    I wish you had posted this several months down the road, I'm working on a self published book set in Vegas...

    Anyway, I would recommend "It Happened In Las Vegas: Remarkable Events That Shaped History" By Paul W. Papa. It's a pretty short book and each chapter covers a different event from Vegas history. It's a fun read though.
    Also I'm enjoying "When The Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money Mayhem & Murder" By Steve Fischer. I'm into true crime stories & stories about the mob, non-fiction or fiction. This book is a good account of many of the players back in the day.

    I haven't read it yet, but there is also "Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas" by Nicholas Pileggi. This is the book that the Martin Scorcese filme CASINO was based on. I'm actually planning to whack that on my Christmas list as well :)
     
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    I've got a ton, but the best one I've read is 'Super Casino' by Pete Earley.
     
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  6. Readingfanman

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    Oh right, what's your story about? I'll have to check out the other 2, sound interesting.
     
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    The Mob in Vegas over the years, including a reemergence in modern times.
    I have a few different stories that I'm planning to put together as a series of books over the next couple of years.
     
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    The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time

    About big poker game in Vegas with an oil tycoon if I remember right, but a fun read I thought.
     
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    This and Whale Hunt in the Desert, which is about super host Steve Cyr. Really good high roller stories.
     
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    I also heavily recommend Super Casino and Whale Hunt in the Desert
     
  11. ken2v

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    Check out the works of UNLV historian/professor Hal Rothman, who is one of this generation's leading Western/cultural historians.

    Denton and Morris' "The Money and the Power"

    John Smith's "No Limit" and "Of Rats and Men"

    Deke's "Whale Hunt" if you want a very up close look at the world of hosts and whales.
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    Seems like forever from now, but the flights are booked, so it counts!
  13. heatherlovesvegas

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    I just read "Bringing Down The House" about the MIT students that took Vegas for millions of dollars (by being very smart card counters). I'm not even a table game player, but I found it fascinating, and it's a really easy, fast paced read. It was cool hearing about all their outrageous comps, and trips they took every weekend. Then obviously the eventual fall of the team... I like reading about the dark side of Vegas.. it's crazy all the seedy stuff that goes on.

    http://www.amazon.com/21-Bringing-House-Students-Millions-ebook/dp/B000FBJGL8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1384490753&sr=8-3&keywords=vegas+mit
     
  14. Readingfanman

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    That's the same book that 21 (the movie) is based on. Very good movie if you haven't seen it before.
     
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    Have read many of the books mentioned and they are all good, especially 24/7 and Super Casino. I'll add a few titles:
    Positively Fifth Street by James McManus
    The Last Honest Place in America by Marc Cooper
    The Battle For Las Vegas by Dennis Griffin

    For fiction James Swain's 'Tony Valentine' series has many of them set in Vegas. Quite entertaining.
     
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    I recommend anything by Dr Dave from UNLV

    http://www.dgschwartz.com/books/

    His latest Grandissimo is biographical telling of the life of Jay Sarno who built Caesars and Circus Circus, great read.

    His others are great as well
     
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    +1 on anything by Dr Dave. Grandissimo is his latest and it's awesome.
     
  19. Sin City Sinner

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    A few minutes ago my boss came into my office and presented me with an early Christmas present. A (mostly picture) book called "Las Vegas At Night" by Ben Marcus.

    Only been able to thumb through it thus far, but there are some really unique shots of the strip, looks like the pics were taken around 2011 (I'm guessing that because the Cosmo is complete but the Imperial Palace hasn't begun the transformation to the Quad yet)
    Looks like there is some text about the history of some of the properties as well.
    Haven't done much more than thumbed through it but figured I'd post it here since I just got it. :beer:
     
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    "Las Vegas: Then and Now" by Su Kim Chung has fascinating photos. Pretty amazing, how things have changed. I can't even imagine what the place will look like 20 years from now.

    I also enjoyed "Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas". You can't make up Oscar Goodman. One of a kind, and a fascinating story. (Should be "stories". He's got some doozies!)
     
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