Chronicles of Old Las Vegas: Exposing Sin City's High-Stakes History

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Discover one of America’s most fascinating cities through 30 dramatic true stories spanning Las Vegas’s 150-year history. James Roman takes readers on a tour through the glamorous and sometimes sordid history of Las Vegas and explains how a railroad town transformed itself into “the Entertainment Capital of the World.” Essays explore the major historic events from the founding of Sin City and  the building of the Hoover Dam to the rise of the Rat Pack at the Sands and the establishment of the ...

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Overview

Discover one of America’s most fascinating cities through 30 dramatic true stories spanning Las Vegas’s 150-year history. James Roman takes readers on a tour through the glamorous and sometimes sordid history of Las Vegas and explains how a railroad town transformed itself into “the Entertainment Capital of the World.” Essays explore the major historic events from the founding of Sin City and  the building of the Hoover Dam to the rise of the Rat Pack at the Sands and the establishment of the Mafia-controlled casinos. Also included are intriguing tales of Vegas celebrities from Frank Sinatra and Liberace to Siegfried and Roy, as well as numerous historical photos and full-color maps.

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Wise guys, atomic bombs, white tigers, the Rat Pack, Elvis, and MIT have all been a part of Las Vegas at one time or another. Roman (Chronicles of Old New York) provides a fascinating look at the history and characters that have made Las Vegas into the city we know today. This concise, nonscholarly read will appeal to individuals interested in the city, its history, and icons, but even readers not particularly attracted to Vegas will find this story compelling. The text is enhanced by maps providing visual historical information of the development of the city, from the segregated Westside district to the brothels to the demolition of iconic casinos. Additionally, numerous photographs of celebrities, gangsters, and other famous faces who helped shape the city are included. Some museum information is provided.
Verdict There are many books on Las Vegas and its past (e.g., Geoff Schumacher’s Sun, Sin & Suburbia and Paul W. Papa’s It Happened in Las Vegas), and this book is a good addition for its brevity and colorful text and photos. Well-researched, enjoyable, and concise—a great read for the flight to Vegas.—Louise Feldmann, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984633418
  • Publisher: Museyon Guides
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Series: Chronicles
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,367,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

James Roman is the author of Chronicles of Old Los Angeles and Chronicles of Old New York and served as editorial contributor to New York Living magazine for six years. He contributes regularly to publications that document emerging technology, and he appeared on the HBO television series Six Feet Under. He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Rolling Sevens

    More entertaining than a trip to Las Vegas, and way more informative, Chronicles of Old Las Vegas brings to life the characters and places that built and became today’s Sin City. This wacky, improbable place almost makes sense now. Hats off to James Roman for his lively, insightful writing, for the eye-opening anecdotes, and for revealing the soul of a city that I wasn’t sure actually had one. While a weekend in Vegas is all about what’s on the surface and what’s happening front-stage. James Roman’s book digs below the surface and goes backstage where – surprise – it’s more fun and more fascinating than the glitzy stuff on top.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Perfect for the Flight to Sin City!

    If you dig rolling the dice, pretending you're Sammy Davis Jr. for a day, want to get married or divorced in a flash, or just want to hang out with the ghosts of Bugsy Siegel and other famous hitmen, then this book is for you. Anybody with even a mild interest in Vegas will be highly entertained by this city's colorful and checkered past. But just as great are the insights into what to do in Vegas today - the hidden getaways, the quirky spots, the must-see places to check out and experience. So if you're on your way to Sin City (or know someone who is), put this in your duffel bag. I can't promise you a win on Red, but I can promise you a very very good read. Perfect for the flight.

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