Neon Metropolis How Las Vegas Started the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0415926130

ISBN-13: 9780415926133

Edition: 2003

Authors: Hal K. Rothman
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Description: Praise for the Previous Edition (0 415 92612 2): "...lively and provocative...this book will teach you something startling on nearly every page..." --The New York Times Book Review Like the Emerald City, Las Vegas glitters brightly in the vast Nevada desert, a haven for refugees from ordinary America. A hip, iconic, playground that exports nothing, it nonetheless earns billions from consumer services alone -- gambling, hotels, gaming, and entertainment. It is, historian Hal Rothman argues, the quintessential city of the future. As other cities try to mirror its success and huge, respectable corporations like Coca-Cola invest in a piece of the pie, the very traits that have ostracized Las Vegas in the past -- hedonism, money worship, and permissiveness -- have today made it America's fastest growing urban center. From the gambling-driven, mob-run Sin City of the 1940s to the corporatization of the Strip as a respectable family entertainment center after the1970s, Las Vegas has shown incredible economic resilience and adaptability. The first full account of America's new dream capital,Neon Metropolisbrilliantly shows how Las Vegas gambled on the post-industrial service economy well before the rest of the country knew it was coming, and won.

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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/18/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Making Money
Inventing Modern Las Vegas
It's Hard to Be Elvis in Las Vegas: Entertainment in the Malleable Metropolis
The Last Detroit: The New Service Economy
Freedom and Limits in a City of Pleasure
Filling Las Vegas
The New Emigrant Trail
The Face of the Future
Aztlan in Neon: Latinos in the New City
Building a New City
The Tortoise and the Air: Life in a Libertarian Desert
Rolling to a Stop: The Weight of Traffic
The Instant Metropolis: Building a City without Basements or Closets
Community from Nothingness: Neighborhoods of Affinity
Epilogue
Selected Bibliography
Index
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