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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553573497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553573497
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Truly the best book ever written about Las Vegas, and I think I've read them all."
-- Nelson DeMille
"Revealing and poignant ... with Studs Terkel-style personal narratives. A timely and deft examination."
-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"A fascinating, highly readable mix. [Earley's] book will probably be the closest anyone comes to getting Vegas right."
-- "American Way" magazine
"A portrait of razzle-dazzle Las Vegas ... part business history, part vignettes of life."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
"An intoxicating scrapbook of tales and images ... for anyone who has ever wondered what's behind the glittering lights, marveled at the opulence or been repulsed by the underbelly of 'sin city.'"
-- Copley News Service

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In this lively and probing book, award-winning author Pete Earley traces the extraordinary evolution of Las Vegas -- from the gaudy Mecca of the Rat Pack era to one of the country's top family vacation spots. He revisits the city's checkered history of moguls, mobsters, and entertainers, reveals the real stories of well-known power brokers like Steve Wynn and legends like Howard Hughes and Bugsy Siegel, and offers a fascinating portrait of the life, death, and fantastic rebirth of the Las Vegas Strip.
Earley also documents the gripping tale of the entrepreneurs behind the rise and fall and rise again of one of the largest gaming corporations in the nation, Circus Circus -- to which he was given unique access. In his trademark you-are-there style, he takes us behind the scenes to meet the blackjack dealers and hookers, the heavy hitters and bit players, the security officers, cabbies, and showgirls who are caught up in the mercurial pace that pulses at the heart of this astounding city.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Being a Las Vegas fanatic (go there yearly if I can) this book was a brilliant insight into the beginnings of Sin City. It starts way back when Vegas was just a dusty track in the middle of the desert, and goes on to today. It recounts the beginnings of many of the casinos, tells the inside story, how the mob ran Vegas in the 'bad' old days and gives neat little snippets of casino staff and patrons. Also gives you a few tips on what to play and not to play....not that it did ME any good last time we were there. But I do recommend this book very highly! Excellently written and very easy to read and enjoy!
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I've been to Las Vegas (Lost Wages) three times now and wanted to get underneath all that glitters and learn a lot more of the history and goings-on there. I often graze-read and usually have several books on my bedside table, however I read Super Casino over three days (a record for me!). I found the mix of stories and perspectives fascinating and left me yearning to get back to Vegas as soon as I can. I had no idea how much the Luxor has changed in its short history despite having stayed there twice. Well worth buying.
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Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the busiest hotels in the world - Vegas hotels! Looks at how they are run to ensure a perfect guest experience... details security teams employed to keep the guests under control.
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I go to Las Vegas twice a year, and I have read literally dozens of books on Vegas.

This one is now dog eared, as I have read it 3 times, and it has made the return trip to Vegas 3 times.

It is superbly written, and gets you immersed totally in the reality of Vegas, its people and its Casinos. It's a cracking good read and I guarantee you will read it from cover to cover.
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Earley provides the reader with a fascinating insight into how the mega resorts on Las Vegas Boulevard are run. He describes everything from the super casino business model to attracting money from Wall Street to the internal proceedings on the casino floors and the operations of the hotel. He mixes it with compelling stories about the daily life of a number of people trying to make a living in Sin City. A joy to read and surprisingly detailed about this business!
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Very well written and while it tells the tale of an incredible city, it's never sensationalistic in it's tone. The story behind the scale of the whole Vegas operation is mind-blowing enough! As a visitor to Vegas I love the place and I found this book to be a perfect balance between the glitz, the behind the scenes storys and the history. Highly recommended.
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Just finished this book and I can't speak highly enough about it. If you're interested in the modern super casino world of Las Vegas and their inner workings then you'll love this book. It focuses on the now defunkt Circus circus coporation and mainly on the Luxor from its conception to renovation. Excellent read filled with information regarding Vegas, its history, corporations, dealers, gamblers, and every other vice you can find in Sin City.
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