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 A well written, easy read The only downside of this book is that the new Las Vegas it talks about is 15 years old now This book must have been published in the late 90s because the Mirage is brand new and the Venetian wasn t built yet I would have liked to know the continuing story of the Strip.Despite that, this book was very interesting Earley intersperses chapters about the rise of super casinos and the men behind them Steve Wynn and the guys behind Circus Circus with fascinating vignettes of the locals, prostitutes, bouncers, showgirls and compulsive gamblers that make Las Vegas the one of a kind city that it is Not exactly G rated how could any book about Sin City be but the adult material is handled well, and overall I enjoyed this book. This was a book club book that I worried was too dated to be interesting 2001 It was actually really good There are a number of people families in the book that I know personally and it was kind of weird to read about them and the parts they played in the making of the Strip way before I ever met them. Great book When I started playing Okay, I m a big fan of Vegas and I have been reading many Vegas books recently This is about a 500 page book and I finished it in 5 days Let it be known I m a very slow reader so obviously this book is interesting, easy to read, and good I liked the book The Green Felt Jungle which i recently read a lot as it was written in the 60 s and went over all the mob ties and how Vegas was built Plus it was an expose on all the shady stuff Super Casino really picks up right after that book and leaves out the history which I already knew and discusses what happened when the corporations took over and got ride of all the mobsters The corporations put so much money into its remarkable and for a period of time they were extremely successful This book is extremely interesting and a definite page turner It jumps around from profiling Corporate CEO s, a hooker, a showgirl, casino security, and visitors It does a great job to show both sides of the spectrum, the winners and the losers, and so on The author obviously put his time in and it shows, there are some great stories in here and nothing is held back What is great is that the author exposes everything for what it is without censoring the details In doing so, a great book is created.
Pete Earley is a storyteller who has penned 13 books including the New York Times bestseller The Hot House and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy A Father s Search Through America s Mental Health Madness.After a 14 year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise.His honest
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- Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas
- Pete Earley
- 01 June 2019 Pete Earley