Sun, Sin & Suburbia The History of Modern Las Vegas, Revised and Expanded

Sun, Sin & Suburbia The History of Modern Las Vegas, Revised and Expanded

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by Geoff Schumacher
     
 

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Las Vegas is gambling's mecca—Sin City the Entertainment Capital of the World with 40 million visitors a year. But that's just part of the story. This carefully documented history tracks the rise of Las Vegas from its vital role in World War II, of the Rat Pack era of the 50s, the explosive growth of the 90s, and it's colossal collapse in the post 2008

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Las Vegas is gambling's mecca—Sin City the Entertainment Capital of the World with 40 million visitors a year. But that's just part of the story. This carefully documented history tracks the rise of Las Vegas from its vital role in World War II, of the Rat Pack era of the 50s, the explosive growth of the 90s, and it's colossal collapse in the post 2008 real-estate crash. It offers a history of the iconic Strip, but also profiles the neighborhoods where over 2 million people live—a diverse community of much more than gaming tables, lounge acts, and organized crime. This revised and expanded edition brings the story up to date with it's meteoric rise to one of the Great Recession's most battered victims. Sun, Sin & Suburbia is required reading for newcomers who want to learn about their new hometown, and an essential addition to any longtime resident's library.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
“Every year, millions of tourists are awed by the glittering casinos and wild nightlife of Las Vegas. But as Geoff Schumacher shows in Sun, Sin & Suburbia, it’s the metropolis itself, and how it came to be, that’s more astonishing.”
Author, Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn
“Geoff Schumacher tells the incredible true story of the rise of Las Vegas from a gambling whistlestop to destination resort city. He’s a serious writer who isn’t dazzled by The Strip, and with this book he makes an important contribution to the Las Vegas history that exists beyond the hype and bright lights.”
Reporter, KLAS Channel 8, Las Vegas
Schumacher takes a long-overdue look at how Las Vegas grew like a bat out of hell — how it is still sprinting toward an imaginary finish line, and how there are consequences to the pursuit of total, all-out growth for its own sake.
Author, Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Started the 21st Century
Here is Las Vegas’s story with a sharp eye and a clear voice. Sun, Sin & Suburbia is the best look at every inch of the amazing development of Las Vegas. Easiily the most farsighted journalist in Nevada, Schumacher turns his keen skills on the city’s recent growth, and the many quirks that make Las Vegas what it is.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014883399
Publisher:
Stephens Press, LLC
Publication date:
08/17/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
1,124,591
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Geoff Schumacher is an author, editor and newspaper executive. He’s the author of two Stephens Press books: Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue (2008), a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year, and Sun, Sin & Suburbia: An Essential History of Modern Las Vegas (2004). Schumacher was the founding editor of CityLife Books, an imprint of Stephens Press, and has edited numerous nonfiction and fiction manuscripts. After twenty-three years as a newspaperman in Las Vegas, Schumacher became publisher of the Ames Tribune and its sister publications in central Iowa.

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