Readers will be delighted by little-known facts and mesmerized in learning of the forces that created the largest American city spawned in the 20th century. Many of the true stories in this book are so tantalizing they have even shocked the generally unflappable Las Vegans.
The “Entertainment Capital of the World” was forged by farsighted and tough characters of the Old West who created a town that worked for them. Back in the 1930s, while other areas suffered the pangs of the Depression, Las Vegas blossomed and grew, thanks to liberal divorce laws, nearby construction of Hoover Dam, and the pivotal dynamic force—legalized gambling. It was the gambling that became the city’s destiny and Las Vegas has never looked back.
Las Vegas Legends has it all—sex, mobsters, casino moguls, world-class attractions and entertainment. It reveals myths, true stories, scandals, and even the dark side. Relive the tragedies and triumphs of those who left their mark on Las Vegas—from the early explorers to the corporate giants and entertainers of today as they continue to shape this unique and exciting city. Filled with quotes, data, and narrative, the book is bound to entertain and enlighten casual readers as well as historians, and tourists as well as Nevada locals. Anyone who has ever been to Las Vegas, or plans to go, will enjoy this revealing book.
Greg Niemann is also the author of the award-winning Baja Legends, Palm Springs Legends, Baja Fever, and Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS. A longtime member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California, he also writes for the San Clemente Journal and other publications. He’s been visiting Las Vegas since the Strip was mostly vacant lots, and has romped all over the southern Nevada desert. When not on the road, he and his wife live in Southern California.
TITLE: Las Vegas Legends: What Happened in Vegas…
ISBN: 9780932653987 PRICE:
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