Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2001
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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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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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This is a very interesting book, giving all the history of Vegas. Great if your planning to travel there .Published on 20 Oct. 2013 by STEPHEN GOODHALL
Great way of understanding what Vegas was and is still about in the early days. What a life the owners of these hotels had...Published on 31 Dec. 2012 by Jonathan Mallett
the book started with the current casinos and how a few games are played.I was dissappointed as i bought the book to tell me about the HISTORY of Las Vegas. Read morePublished on 7 July 2010 by Sarah
If you are interested in the history of Vegas this is the book for youPublished on 19 Mar. 2010 by Lynn Curd
Awesome book on Vegas - particularly the 50s and 60s chapters. Corrects lots of myths and is so well written, you can really get into it and imagine yourself there! Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2009 by James Greenwood
Seldom has so much writing talent been so misdirected in a project as occurred with this book. Mr. Earley sought out every seamy angle he could about Las Vegas, past and present,... Read morePublished on 12 May 2004 by Donald Mitchell