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Sharks in the Desert

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The story of the evolution of the gambling racket from mobbed-up vice to corporate success story as told through the biographies of the men who made it happen.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 4th 2005 by Barricade Books
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Nancy Fornataro
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great research tool, clearly and precisely written. Recommend for new Las Vegas residents or history buffs!!
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
While the subjects are interesting, the author jumps around in time too much, like Tarantino on crack. It took me five times longer to read than it should have. I kept getting to the end of a page, realizing it was discussing a story from an entirely different era than it was on the previous page, and having to re-read it in order to put the story into proper context. Maybe the book is better suited as a reference for all these subjects, if you just want to look up one of these classic Las Vegas ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Good book and well researched. It's written in short chapters that covers a lot of ground. As a result, you aren't going to get a whole lot of detail on any individual or any particular situation. Worth reading, and the bibliography gives a decent roadmap if you want to dive deeper.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
While I find the topic interesting, I found the writing bad.
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