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Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture (CultureAmerica)

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When Elvis crooned “Bright light city . . . gonna set my soul on fire,” he voiced and embraced the siren call of a glittering urban utopia that continues to mesmerize millions. Call it Sin City or Lost Wages, Las Vegas definitely deserves its rapturous “Viva!”

Larry Gragg, however, invites readers to view Las Vegas in an entirely new way. While countless other authors have
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by University Press of Kansas
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Jul 28, 2013 Joshua rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: deep fans of Las Vegas
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If you can't tell, i'm a big fan of books on Las Vegas/Nevada and the best thing about this book is that it pulls from many other books...therefore I have more to read! The book equally weighs people who love Las Vegas vs. people who hate Las Vegas. I already know the history of Las Vegas but now I learned the history of how people viewed Las Vegas and how most people were introduced to Las Vegas through film, television, and writing.

It's a well written quick read that is extremely well researc
Feb 23, 2015 RiskingTime rated it really liked it
Bright Light City by Larry Gragg is a social history of Las Vegas from the perspective of media including books, movies, and other media. The book provides a clear perspective for the academic reader who has a background in social history and Las Vegas. For those interested in Vegas in particular, the book contains all sorts of interesting facts and stories.
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Apr 03, 2015 J.w. Larrick rated it it was amazing
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I liked the author's observation that the reason he liked Las Vegas so much was because it is so much the opposite of who he is.
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Incredible and exhaustively researched-brilliant.
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