Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas

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The story of the evolution of the gambling racket from mobbed-up vice to corporate success story as told through the biographies of the men who made it happen.

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Overview

The story of the evolution of the gambling racket from mobbed-up vice to corporate success story as told through the biographies of the men who made it happen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569802748
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface ix
Introduction: The Evolution of the Shark 1
1 Benny's Dream (Part One) 9
2 Benny's Dream (Part Two) 19
3 Greenbaum's Gamble and Marshall's Law 25
4 Dapper Johnny Rosselli 33
5 Tough Tony's Time 39
6 Moe Dalitz, Racket Boss Reborn 47
7 The Fabulous Carpet Joint 61
8 Howard Comes to Las Vegas 71
9 Howard Buys Nevada 77
10 The King of Downtown 85
11 Mel Exber's Sporting Life 97
12 Under the Big Top 103
13 The Engelstad Enigma 113
14 Closing Time for a Vegas Guy 123
15 The Unlucky Horseshoe 133
16 Searching for the New Frontier 141
17 The Riddle of the Riviera 149
18 The New Dukes of Downtown 159
19 Casting Off the Castaways 169
20 The Tiffany of the Strip 173
21 The Man from Kykotsmovi 185
22 The Curse of the Tally Ho 193
23 Fathers and Sons I 203
24 Fathers and Sons II 215
25 Fathers and Sons III 227
26 Is There a Caesar in the House? 237
27 Carl Icahn Goes Shopping 247
28 Steve Wynn's World 259
29 The Comeback Kid 271
30 The Smuggler's Paradise 281
31 Sheldon's is Bigger 289
32 Young Lion 299
33 The Lion Never Sleeps 311
34 The Harrah's Effect 327
35 Flesh for Fantasy 343
36 The Prince of the Palms 349
37 The Reverend 355
38 Riding for the Brand 361
39 Tomorrow is Forever 367
Epilogue 375
Acknowledgments 379
Bibliography 383
Index 391
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