Tenacity chronicles the evolution of entrepreneur Ron Coury, a major business figure in Las Vegas, Nevada and the surrounding western states.
As Coury, a former U.S. Marine, climbed the ladder toward his success, he faced a barrage of constraints including political and police corruption, bribery, coercion and even death threats. Along the way, he also had a few offers to settle matters discreetly, with a few well-placed bullets. His choices would have life altering consequences for many.
How does one retain a sense of ethics amidst an atmosphere so rife with corruption? Coury details the struggles he faced and the losses he endured in this eye-opening look behind the curtain of business during the “Good Ol’ Boy” days of Southern Nevada.
Audio book version read by Michael Madsen.
|Publisher:||Las Vegas Publishing Group, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: City of Opportunity Justice Court
Chapter 2: Brooklyn
Chapter 3: Mean Streets
Chapter 4: Brooklyn Tech to USMC
Chapter 5: Vegas or Bust
Chapter 6: Meeting Joan
Chapter 7: Into the Bar Business
Chapter 8: Suburban West to Suburban Graphics
Chapter 9: Suburban East
Chapter 10: Keeping Order
Chapter 11: Sign of the Times
Chapter 12: Protect and Serve
Chapter 13: Limo Wars
Chapter 14: Dust to Dreams
Chapter 15: Questionable Ethics
Chapter 16: Pete Nielson
Chapter 17: Further into Political Adversity
Chapter 18: The Antagonist Returns
Chapter 19: The Circus Continues
Chapter 20: The New Castaways
Chapter 21: Weed and Seed
Chapter 22: Breaking Glass
Chapter 23: Snake Hunting
Chapter 24: The Corruption Continues
Chapter 25: Pranks for the Memories & No One Hits a
Home Run Every Time
Chapter 26: The Toughest Battle
Chapter 27: Selling Suburban Graphics
Chapter 28: Car Adventures and Square Panda
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite Memoirs rarely have the ability to make you root for an author and his friends as vigorously and vehemently as the succinctly and appropriately titled Tenacity by Ron Coury. If the reader were to share the author’s military background, instrumental (as attested to by Mr. Coury) in establishing his fundamental integrity and character while still a young man, he would probably just shout “Oorah!” in a declaratory final judgment of this book’s intensely satisfying outcome. We are talking here about good and bad at work in old Las Vegas, the one emerging from the decadence of its rather depraved history, where political corruption and cronyism still lingered and survived, deeply threatening the conscientious efforts of those inclined to honesty and ethics, and where one character trait alone served best to deal effectively with all such potentially lethal aggravations. Tenacity is the trait, and Ron Coury possesses it in spades. That is what makes his retelling of the Vegas story – rich in its long and infamous tradition of greedy bad guys doing wrong – worthy of a Jimmy Stewart movie where the bad guys pick precisely the wrong man (and his friends) to threaten and harass. Mr. Coury tells his real-life tale with intensely credible authority, leaving no doubt about his own immersion in a time and place where Opportunity ruled (literally), and where some good guys, needing only big white hats to make the picture perfect, ultimately prevailed. A western story for a western town. Tenacity may be categorized as a memoir, but it reads like bad-guy fiction, or like the antidote to Down and Out in Las Vegas. Perhaps Coury could have called his book Up and In in Las Vegas. But Tenacity says it so much better.