Casino

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With the intensity of a Jacobean tragedy, Casino unfolds its tale of a love triangle between a gambler, his wife, and his henchman amid the glittering, festering Babylon of Las Vegas. The film makes daring use of voice-over and rapidly shifting points of view and time frame, leaving conventional film language far behind.

From the author of Wiseguy (made into the movie Goodfellas), comes this tale of love, marriage, adultery, ...

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Overview

With the intensity of a Jacobean tragedy, Casino unfolds its tale of a love triangle between a gambler, his wife, and his henchman amid the glittering, festering Babylon of Las Vegas. The film makes daring use of voice-over and rapidly shifting points of view and time frame, leaving conventional film language far behind.

From the author of Wiseguy (made into the movie Goodfellas), comes this tale of love, marriage, adultery, murder, and revenge mafia-style. Both a love story and a bigger-than-life business story, Casino exposes the secrets of Las Vegas's multibillion-dollar casino gambling industry--and how the mob finally lost its stranglehold over it.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The basis for the Martin Scorsese movie of the same name, Pileggi's true-crime account charts the rise and fall of a pair of Vegas hoods. (June)
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The author of Wiseguy (LJ 2/1/86) (filmed as Goodfellas) serves up another colorful tale of Mafia misdeeds. Pileggi's primary source is gambler Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal (who luckily survived a car bomb), and the focus is on the mob takeovers of the Stardust and Tropicana casinos, using Teamster pension funds, in the 1970s. Mafia infighting between the Chicago and Kansas City factions, coupled with court convictions, effectively halted organized crime's Las Vegas gold mine in the 1980s. Published to coincide with the release of the Martin Scorsese film, starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci, this episodic, lively book is likely to be a hit movie. Recommended for popular collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/95.]-Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
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From the author of the best-selling Mafia expos‚, Wiseguy, comes this inside story of the billion-dollar gambling industry and the secretive, dangerous men who run it. At the heart of this true tale of love, revenge, and murder Mafia-style are some of the most memorable characters in mob lore: Lefty, the brains of the mob's Vegas casinos; Tony Spilotro, the mob's muscle; and Geri, Lefty'sadulterous show-girl wife.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571179923
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 10/10/1996
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    Classic

    This Book is one of the greatest works of all time. It gives a full acount of how the Mob ran Las vegas and lost it in a heartbeat. I recomend this classic to any Mafia book/movie Lover. (And see the movie with Robert DeNiro, Sharan Stone, And Joe Pescie, It's awsome.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    casino a great movie

    i yhink this movie was the book was the best i ever read and i think people would love this book because it makes luife in the mob sime so rea

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