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Son of a Gambling Man: My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor's Mansion

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A memoir of growing up in mob-run Sin City from a casino heir-turned-governor who’s seen two sides of every coin



When Bob Miller arrived in Las Vegas as a boy, it was a small, dusty city, a far cry from the glamorous, exciting place it is today. Driving the familycar was his father Ross Miller, a tough guy—though a good family man—who had operated on both sides of the law o
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published March 5th 2013)
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Erika Armstrong
Apr 17, 2013 Erika Armstrong rated it liked it
I think this book might have great appeal to people who are interested in Las Vegas history. My problem was that I grew up here and nothing new was introduced. Rather than a shocking look into las Vegas's past, it was a story of the former governor's life and rise to office. I can tell that Mr. miller is a great man, and I'm glad he served our state throughout his life.
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great story and good items of nevada history
Roger
Apr 29, 2013 Roger rated it it was ok
Bob Miller writes like a politician. He has nothing to say of substances; the things he does say are totally self serving; and there are signs of hypocrisy throughout the book.

As a Nevada resident, I know how things have changed over the years and how Las Vegas dominates the state. These things are kind of sloughed over by Miller. The most interesting part of the book is what Las Vegas was like when he arrived in the late 1950s. It was truly a small town and Miller was in the right place at the
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Sonya
Aug 19, 2015 Sonya rated it it was ok
Some interesting backstory to one of the State's longtime politicians. A few good anecdotes and the insider political dealings in NV government. The second half was less appealing in that the focus was on the light side of the mechanics of his campaigns and left some gaps and questions about what some of the actual outcomes were. He certainly did not hide his feelings about particular figures in his accounts. I don't recall some of the issues quite the same -as I grew up here in LV during his ...more
Bea
Dec 14, 2013 Bea rated it it was ok
If you want a little history of Las Vegas and the Chicago unions and thugs that helped start them, the beginning of this book is good for that. It takes you back to the 50s when Las Vegas was still pretty small and casinos were run by former mob members. It is very poorly written, though, and the last half wasn't much interest to me, but maybe would be to someone who is really interested in Nevada and stories told by a former governor.
Taryn Stansbury
May 30, 2015 Taryn Stansbury rated it it was amazing
As a Nevadan (and a Miller Middle School alumna) it is fascinating to read about the history of Nevada. Miller has a great story of growing up in Las Vegas and watching it grow into the big city it is now. A very interesting memoir from a great governor.
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Feb 16, 2016 The Irish Lass Kat rated it it was amazing
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This was a very interesting and great book. I really liked Bob Miller when he was our Governor and I learned so much more about his service to my home state.
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This is a very entertaining memoir. Anyone interested in NV history will enjoy it.
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An obviously one-sided, but interesting take on Nevada politics and a family's history.
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BOB MILLER is Nevada’s longest serving governor, holding office from 1989 to 1999. His son, Ross, who is named after his grandfather, is presently in his second term as Nevada’s secretary of state.
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