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Sun, Sin & Suburbia: An Essential History of Modern Las Vegas

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People all over the globe know Las Vegas as gambling's Mecca, Sin City, the Entertainment Capital of the World, a resort destination that attracts more than 35 million visitors per year. But that's just one piece of the story of this fascinating metropolis of 1.5 million people - and counting. With more than 6,000 people rushing to the valley each month, Las Vegas responde ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Stephens Press (first published October 2004)
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Justus
Oct 19, 2011 Justus rated it liked it
Shelves: las-vegas
As you may have noticed, I am currently on a Las Vegas reading kick. This book is nothing special except that it focuses its energy on the the suburbs surrounding Las Vegas. Its just a historical survey of where things are at with a healthy bit of LV boosterism which is to be expected from a book of this type. There isn't much analysis but its a good overview.

My only true gripe is that it does not include a map. This is a huge pet peeve -- why do authors who write about a specific city not insis
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Rory
One of the greatest books ever published about the history of Las Vegas, especially in its relatively current state. Schumacher sees the actual reality of Las Vegas, not as it's colored by the big lights and energetic nature of the Strip. People live here, and in his book is how they have lived and how they live today (an expanded edition covering the years after this book was published is expected in October), the social and infrastructure-related issues they deal with, along with the never-cea ...more
Dawn Mohl
Dec 13, 2015 Dawn Mohl rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Well written and interesting history of Las Vegas. It's a little outdated by the time I read it in Dec. 2011.
Sara
Apr 28, 2008 Sara rated it it was ok
I might have found this a better read if I was a native of Las Vegas or, at the very least, if I were more familiar with southern Nevada as a whole. I enjoyed the sections focusing on the Strip, Howard Hughes, environmental preservation, and the Yucca Mountain plans, but the chapters on planned communities were not as interesting to me.
Katrinka
Dec 02, 2011 Katrinka rated it liked it
The book provided a good general overview of contemporary Las Vegas history-- but seemed a little too cheerleading at times. It did finally mention problem areas, such as water usage and availability, but essentially passed them by. Lots of facts about master-planned communities and housing developments.
Brian
Jan 10, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
Bits are redundant (or reinforced if you are forgiving) and the most modern information doesn't include much analysis, but there is a load of insight and history in here, all of which is probably more intriguing if you've got a grasp (or map) of the Las Vegas geography.
Laura
Aug 21, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish it, the last half of the book read like it was for developers.
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Geoff Schumacher grew up in Souther Nevada and has beena reporter, columnist and editor in Las Vegas for 16 years.
Currently, Schumacher is the director of community publications and a weekly columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal"
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