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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