Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas: How Jay Sarno Won a Casino Empire, Lost It, and Inspired Modern Las Vegas

Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas: How Jay Sarno Won a Casino Empire, Lost It, and Inspired Modern Las Vegas

by David G. Schwartz

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990001607
Publisher: Winchester Books
Publication date: 10/03/2013
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 534,963
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

David G. Schwartz, the Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is a writer, speaker, and consultant whose areas of specialty include the history of and current issues in gambling. An Atlantic City native with hands-on experience in the gaming industry, Schwartz has been at UNLV since 2001.

In addition to being an active consultant in the gaming field, Schwartz is Gaming and Hospitality editor for Vegas Seven magazine, where he writes the biweekly "Green Felt Journal" column as well as regular feature and long-form pieces about the casino and tourism industries in Las Vegas and elsewhere.

Schwartz earned his bachelor's degree (a double major in anthropology and history) as well as his master's degree (American History) from the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his doctorate in US History from UCLA. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife and their two children.

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BookGazer More than 1 year ago
As an ex-Vegas resident, I have always enjoyed reading about the old Vegas and how it morphed into what it is today. In Grandissimo, Schwartz has written a great book about the man that is more responsible for Vegas being Vegas than anybody. Jay Sarno was the original Mr. Vegas--a man who ate more, gambled more and slept with more than anyone in the history of the Silver State. If you enjoy funny, fast moving stories, you'll love this one. And if you are curious about the history of Sin CIty, this will answer a lot of questions.