The Man Who Invented Las Vegas

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One man's chronic gambling disorder became the inspiration for modern Las Vegas. Despite owning several successful businesses, gambler and charismatic publisher Billy Wilkerson almost went broke in 1944. Gambling's rocky road led him to the inhospitable Nevada desert in search of an answer to his horrific addiction. In early 1945, Wilkerson bought a tract of land and began building the most ambitious gaming complex the world had ever known. His Flamingo Hotel, the new frontier of hotels, would change the face of ...
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Overview

One man's chronic gambling disorder became the inspiration for modern Las Vegas. Despite owning several successful businesses, gambler and charismatic publisher Billy Wilkerson almost went broke in 1944. Gambling's rocky road led him to the inhospitable Nevada desert in search of an answer to his horrific addiction. In early 1945, Wilkerson bought a tract of land and began building the most ambitious gaming complex the world had ever known. His Flamingo Hotel, the new frontier of hotels, would change the face of Las Vegas and casino gambling forever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967664309
  • Publisher: Ciro's Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 363,996
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface i
1. The Man 1
2. The Gambling Bug 13
3. The Idea 21
4. The Vision 33
5. The Plan 42
6. The Boys 51
7. The Investors 63
8. The Hotel 73
9. The Nevada Project 80
10. The Meeting 91
11. Paris 98
12. The End 112
Notes 118
Appendices
Appendix A Chronology of Events 130
Appendix B Documentation 132
Appendix C Las Vegas Hotel & Casino 134
Appendix D The Flamingo's Principal Contractors 135
Appendix E The Flamingo's Investors 137
Appendix F Wilkerson's Letter To Moe Sedway 138
Bibliography 144
Acknowledgments 146
Credits 148
For Further Information 149
About the Author 150
Index 151
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