Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas

Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas

by Christina Binkley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1401309763

ISBN-13: 2901401309762

Pub. Date: 03/10/2009

Publisher: Hachette Books

Sin City. Bright lights, high stakes, and no sleep. Home to some of the world's grandest, flashiest, and most lucrative casino resorts, Las Vegas, with its multitude of attractions, draws some forty million tourists from around the world every year. But Vegas hasn't always been booming at the level it is today. This newest influx is largely a result of three

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Sin City. Bright lights, high stakes, and no sleep. Home to some of the world's grandest, flashiest, and most lucrative casino resorts, Las Vegas, with its multitude of attractions, draws some forty million tourists from around the world every year. But Vegas hasn't always been booming at the level it is today. This newest influx is largely a result of three competing business moguls. Meet Kirk Kerkorian, Steve Wynn, and Dr. Gary Loveman, men who couldn't be more different from one another, yet share the same tunnel-vision determination to conquer the city that feeds the world's fantasies.

No longer just a go-to city for gambling, as a result of Kerkorian, Wynn, and Loveman working to reach the top—and to top one another—Las Vegas is now home to restaurants run by some of the world's top chefs, some of Hollywood's biggest stars headlining their own venues, galleries featuring some of the world's most valuable art, and meta-resorts boasting the largest and most expansive casinos, spas, and more.

Having had personal access to these men, Wall Street Journal reporter Christina Binkley gives us a never-before-seen, up-close look at the trio of tycoons whose high-stakes gambles have made Sin City soar. Sharp, insightful, and revealing, this is the gripping story of how billions of dollars and the unparalleled drive for power made the personal visions of three moguls evolve from dreams to larger-than-life reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901401309762
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
03/10/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Contents Prologue: FRIENDLY....................ix
One: BULLDOZED....................1
Two: "RIFLE RIGHT"....................5
Three: SAY "HAIR-UHS"....................18
Four: 1989....................21
Five: THE GREAT RACE....................31
Six: BLIND....................41
Seven: BRASS BALLS....................44
Eight: THE OUTSIDERS....................62
Nine: HIGH LIFE....................70
Ten: CRUSHED VELVET WORLD....................84
Eleven: HUNGRY ALLIGATOR....................101
Twelve: TAA-DAAAAH!....................103
Thirteen: SOUTHERN BLUES....................106
Fourteen: IMPLOSION....................119
Fifteen: MISS SPECTACULAR....................132
Sixteen: CHOMP....................145
Seventeen: WALKING ON AIR....................157
Eighteen: DUPED....................164
Nineteen: PROPELLER HEADS....................169
Twenty: AVID....................183
Twenty-one: VICE....................190
Twenty-two: PICASSO'S PENIS....................199
Twenty-three: SUNDAY NIGHT FEVER....................217
Twenty-four: CAESARS....................230
Twenty-five: RETURN OF THE KING....................240
Twenty-six: BLIND MAN'S BLUFF....................256
Twenty-seven: META-VEGAS....................266
Twenty-eight: NO END....................283
Author's Note....................285
Bibliography....................287
Index....................291

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