Sharks in the desert : the founding fathers and current kings of Las Vegas / John L. Smith
- Smith, John L., 1960-
- Fort Lee, N.J. : Barricade Books, 
- Copyright Date:
- Physical Description:
- xii, 400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
- By now, everyone knows the story of the mob's involvement in Las Vegas's growth from quiet desert town to "Sin City.". At the end of the movie Casino, you see a hotel come down and a voice describes the end of the mob era in Vegas. That was hardly the end of the Las Vegas story; in fact, it was just the beginning. This book tells the story of the corporate raiders--the Kirk Kirkorians and the Steve Wynns--who moved in as the mob era crumbled (literally) and forcibly cleaned up the Vegas image. Now Las Vegas is a place for "family entertainment," its theme-park feel carefully crafted by a handful of savvy corporate moguls who use that image to extract the maximum profit out of those drawn to the city.--From publisher description.
- 1569802742 (hardcover)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-390) and index.
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