Money and the Power The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America

ISBN-10: 0375701265

ISBN-13: 9780375701269

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Description: Las Vegas–the name evokes images of divorce and dice, prostitutes and payoffs, gangsters and glitz. But beneath it all is a sordid history that is much more insidious and far-reaching than ever imagined. Now, at the dawn of the new century, this neon maelstrom of ruthlessness and greed stands to not as an aberrant “sin city,” but as a natural outgrowth of the corruption and worship of money that have come to permeate American life. The Money and the Power is the most comprehensive look yet at Las Vegas and its breadth of influence. Based on five years of intensive research and interviewing, Sally Denton and Roger Morris reveal the city’s historic network of links to Wall Street, international drug traffickers, and the CIA. In doing so, they expose the disturbing connections amongst politicians, businessmen, and the criminals that harness these illegal activities. Through this lucid and gripping indictment of Las Vegas, Morris and Denton uncover a national ethic of exploitation, violence, and greed, and provide a provocative reinterpretation of twentieth-century American history.

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List price: $17.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 516
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Prologue: First City of the Twenty-first Century
The Juice
Meyer Lansky: The Racketeer as Chairman of the Board
Benny Binion: The Outlaw as Icon
Pat McCarran: The Democrat as Autocrat
Bugsy Siegel: The Executioner as Entrepreneur
Hank Greenspun: The Hustler as Conscience
Estes Kefauver: The Opportunist as Prophet
City of Fronts
"Beyond This Place There Be Dragons"
"This Alliance of Gamblers, Gangsters, and Government"
"Temple Town of the American Dream"
"Character Loans"
American Mecca
A Party in Carson City
An Enemy Too Far Within
"Cleaning Out the Sucker"
High Rollers
One Last Cruise
"A Joint's a Joint"
Epilogue: Shadow Capital
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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