When the Mob Ran Vegas

When the Mob Ran Vegas

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by Steve Fischer
     
 

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What is it about Las Vegas that captivates us? Is it how the skim worked at the Stardust and how millions of dollars walked out the door uncounted? Or what really happened when Frank Sinatra threw a chair at the casino boss of the Sands? Did you ever hear the story about how some very bad Vegas guys rigged the gin rummy games at the Friars Club and took a bunch of

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What is it about Las Vegas that captivates us? Is it how the skim worked at the Stardust and how millions of dollars walked out the door uncounted? Or what really happened when Frank Sinatra threw a chair at the casino boss of the Sands? Did you ever hear the story about how some very bad Vegas guys rigged the gin rummy games at the Friars Club and took a bunch of famous people to the cleaners? Howard Hughes had some weird notions about the Silver Slipper and put his money where his paranoia was. It's all Vegas, and it is fascinating history.Vegas in the '50s and '60s was indeed another world. Those were the days when small-time gamblers like me, in town with my wife for a weekend of shows and great food, could ride down the elevator at one of the Strip hotels with Lucille Ball, have an A table at the Versailles Room at the Riviera to see Rowan and Martin, with Edie Adams opening, and laugh until it hurt when Buddy Hackett played the old Congo Room at the Sahara.Behind the scenes, the Mob ran Vegas in those days. And stories abound. Through years of study and interviews and just talking to people from all strata of Las Vegas comes this book, a glimpse into the money, mayhem, and murders of early Vegas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977065806
Publisher:
Berkline Press
Publication date:
07/07/2005
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
203,398
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

A few years ago, when Omaha-based historian Steve Fischer retired from a career in sales and advertising, he began listing his Vegas memorabilia on eBay. From those listings evolved colorful stories of the people and places Fischer knew so well during his early years in advertising, living in LA and driving on weekends across the desert to Vegas where he amassed a priceless collection of Vegas postcards, vintage hotel keys, menus from all the showrooms, signs, autographs and memories. The stories in this book, now in its fifth printing, tell true crime tales of the desert city he has seen grow and change over the last 40 years.

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3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
emsNC More than 1 year ago
great read very informative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love history & after visiting Las Vegas last week, I was really interested in this book. Unfortunately, I am left confused trying to piece together this choppy timeline. On one page someone dies, next page they're alive, then dead again. Too much time spent flipping back, to figure out year b/c someone is suddenly alive again. Not what I was expecting......
efm More than 1 year ago
How things really were in Vegas
JIMPNY More than 1 year ago
This is a really bad "memoir"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a total mess. Author kept repeating stories and the time schedule was non existent. If there was some chronologic order it would have been readable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a guy who grew up in Nj and was also fortunate enough to visitVegas a lot in the early to mid 80's, this book brings bavk so many grest memories from that period plus somuch grest info on the creation running of Vegas back in the early part of the cenrury. I recommend rhis book highly. I was hesrtbroken when the corporations and Disney destroyed Vegas like the have dedtroyed Times Square in NYC.. read this book and see how fun the world once was
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Long on anecdotes, short on narrative continuity. If you are looking for a collection of interesting stories, this is a book for you. If you're looking for more of a historical narrative, look elsewhere.
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CindylouDP More than 1 year ago
So many times I have heard the phrase-that would never have happened 'when the mob ran Vegas'that the book jumped out at me.This is a fast and easy read full of history of more than Vegas.You get a feeling of just how corrupt politics were and are. Names were named that made me go "Oh my God!".There is the Hollywood conection and so much more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book by Mr. Fischer is an excellent rendering of what Las Vegas was before big business took over the strip. I couldn't put it down. It was engrossing, thought provoking and made me want to learn more. Thanks Mr. Fischer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this audiobook -- I got the book last year, but this was way, way, way better! I thoroughly enjoyed listening. I could listen to a whole story running errands -- it's not like you listen to part of it and then have to remember what was going on... each story is a separate story. I also enjoyed the authors voice and his laugh. I felt like he was sitting there telling me the stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An incredible collection of mob stories from early Vegas. Author has a charming, funny writing style. My husband loved the book too. We're buying copies for all our friends who go to Vegas once a year and never knew the real 'inside' stories behind the casinos and the city.