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Urban gambling, linked to poverty, crime and corruption, was once considered a blight on US cities. Gambling then followed the exodus of Americans into the suburbs after World War II and now, at the beginning of the 21st century, most Americans live within a four-hour drive of a casino. What explains the success of places like Las Vegas? The self-contained casino resort removes gambling and its social problems from cities and provides Americans with the comfort of gambling in a setting matched to their suburban lifestyle. In a detailed look at the growth of the earliest casino resorts to the "pleasure palaces" and riverboat casinos of today, "Suburban Xanadu" locates the rise of the casino resort in suburbanization and the significance of this development for today.
|Preface and Acknowledgments|
|Ch. 1||The Righteous and the Wicked||15|
|Ch. 2||The Unwholesome Allure||33|
|Ch. 3||A Fruitful Containment||63|
|Ch. 4||Organizing Luck||91|
|Ch. 5||Wiseguy Empire||123|
|Ch. 6||When the Suits Come Marching In||147|
|Ch. 7||The Casino Archipelago||175|
|Epilogue: Odds against Tomorrow||209|
Posted July 6, 2003
This book tells the complete story of how casinos evolved in America. A lot of books about casinos just repeat rumors, but this one is well researched and full of facts. I learned a lot and look at casinos much differently now. I live in Vegas and it's great to see someone finally get the history right.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2003
Las Vegas history aficionados are in for a treat. This engaging and carefully crafted study of the development of the casino resort in Las Vegas goes far beyond the sensationalistic treatment common to most works that deal with Sin City. It is not, however, simply a book on Las Vegas or a nostalgic look at some long since imploded casino/hotels found only in faded black and white photographs. It is a serious study that considers how gambling, once considered a national evil in the US, was sanitized, legitimized and made palatable to the masses in the context of the casino resort in Las Vegas with its attendant swimming pool, gourmet restaurant, and entertainment showroom. The author skillfully weaves this premise around a history of Las Vegas and examines how this development made it possible for gambling and casino resorts to spread throughout the US. Along the way, he refutes some of the most commonly held assumptions about Las Vegas history (ie Bugsy created Las Vegas and Howard brought corporate legitimacy to Las Vegas) with solid arguments and original research. Engagingly written, the author¿s witty and irreverent writing style makes Suburban Xanadu a good read, and it is also worth pointing out that the photographs used in the text are not the same ones used in every other book on Las Vegas. All in all, probably one of the most original and creative works on Las Vegas to come out in recent years.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.