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Las Vegas : an unconventional history

Author: Michelle Ferrari; Stephen Ives
Publisher: New York : Bulfinch Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st ed
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From well-heeled mobsters and glamorous showgirls, fantastical mega-casinos and dazzling displays of neon, Las Vegas is the world's most famous monument to reckless abandon and unbridled excess. Written in conjunction with the PBS American Experience series and coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the city, Las Vegas: An unconventional history documents the often surprising and endlessly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Illustrated works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle Ferrari; Stephen Ives
ISBN: 0821257145 9780821257142
OCLC Number: 57549314
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 271 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Chapter 1 The Least Likely to Succeed 11 --
Chapter 2 Gateway to the Boulder Dam 27 --
Chapter 3 A Far-Flung Suburb of L.A. 55 --
Chapter 4 The Flamingo 70 --
Chapter 5 Mobster Metropolis 99 --
Chapter 6 Atomic City, U.S.A. 115 --
Chapter 7 The Heart of This Unspiritual Mecca 127 --
Chapter 8 The Color That Mattered Most 165 --
Chapter 9 The Capital of Sin, Gin, and Din 177 --
Chapter 10 That Billion-Dollar Baby 191 --
Chapter 11 Singed City 213 --
Chapter 12 The Most Visited Place on Earth 225 --
Chapter 13 All-American City 245 --
Epilogue: Las Vegas, City of the Future 256.
Responsibility: Michelle Ferrari and Stephen Ives.
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From well-heeled mobsters and glamorous showgirls, fantastical mega-casinos and dazzling displays of neon, Las Vegas is the world's most famous monument to reckless abandon and unbridled excess. Written in conjunction with the PBS American Experience series and coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the city, Las Vegas: An unconventional history documents the often surprising and endlessly entertaining history of America's most outrageous playground. The story ranges from the Mormon missionaries who came to the area for the natural springs, to the shady, mob-connected gamblers and cardsharps who built and ruled the city, from the eccentric and visionary millionaires who bought up casinos like penny candy, to the visitors who have flocked to this desert mecca for more than a century. Accompanying the text are essays by four of today's most prominent writers: Dave Hickey's ruminations on Vegas's unique brand of freedom and democracy, Marc Cooper's reminiscence of a wild night playing blackjack at the Stardust-with his mother, Max Rudin's meditations on the roots of Rat Pack cool, and Jim McManus's musings on the art and little-known history of poker. With lavish illustrations and lively prose, Las Vegas: An unconventional history is as surprising as an inside straight and as satisfying as hitting 7 or 11 on your come-out roll. -- Provided by Publisher.

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