Picturing Las Vegas

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Picturing Las Vegas tells the story of a city whose history mirrors that of America itself: a tale of the frontier, of corruption and greed, of beauty and loss and ineffable hope.

Linda Chase is the author of Surfing: Women of the Waves. She lives in California.

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Overview

Picturing Las Vegas tells the story of a city whose history mirrors that of America itself: a tale of the frontier, of corruption and greed, of beauty and loss and ineffable hope.

Linda Chase is the author of Surfing: Women of the Waves. She lives in California.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423604884
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 686,438
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Chase is the author of Surfing Women of the Waves and grew up in Las Vegas. She lives in California.

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POP QUIZ:

What do you think of when you hear the name "Tom Jones?"

A: the novel by Henry Fielding

B: the Vegas lounge singer

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

The Two Faces of Vegas 7

Creating a Cut-Rate Babylon 10

Why Vegas Loved the Bomb 32

"No One's Sister Lives in Las Vegas" 52

Black, White, and Green 66

Fast Times at Vegas High 80

What's a Girl Like You

Doing in a Place Like This? 90

Sex, Politics, and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors 104

Bringing Down the House 118

Bread and Circus Circuses 132

How to Eat Like a Vegan 162

The Shock of the New: Art in Las Vegas 178

Epilogue: Is Vegas the City of the Future? 194

Notes 198

Bibliography 204

Index 206

Photo Credits 208

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