Discovering Vintage Las Vegas takes you back in time to all of the timeless classic spots this city has to offer. The book spotlights the charming stories that tell you what each place is like now and how it got that way from classic restaurants to shops to other establishments like the casinos that still thrive today and evoke the unique character of the city. They’re all still around—but they won’t be around forever. Start reading, and start your discovering now!
Haunted Las Vegas
Author: Paul W. Papa
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Famous phantoms, strange occurrences, unique places, and the ghoulish faces of Sin City What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas . . . including the ghosts, unexplained phenomena, and other spooky happenings. The strip is much more than bright lights, gambling, wild shows, and quick marriage ceremonies. Haunted Las Vegas reveals the true mysteries of Sin City and brings the old legends to life in a chilling way. The Flamingo: Listed as one of the ten most haunted sites in America by the Wall Street Journal, the Flamingo Hotel is home to the ghost of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. A known gangster, Bugsy is often called the man who invented Las Vegas. Even though he was killed in Hollywood, his ghost reportedly lives at the Flamingo. The Demon Swing: In the dead of the night, many people reportedly see smoke or mist surrounding Fox Ridge Park, home of the boy ghost on the demon swing. It is unknown how his ghost ended up in the park, but beware of this unfriendly boy—he is known to push people off the swings.
Las Vegas Legends
Author: Greg Neimann
The "Entertainment Capital of the World" was forged by farsighted and tough characters of the Old West who created a town that worked for them. Back in the 1930s, while other areas suffered the pangs of the Depression, Las Vegas blossomed and grew, thanks to liberal divorce laws, nearby construction of Hoover Dam, and the pivotal dynamic force - legalized gambling. Relive the tragedies and triumphs of those who left their mark on Las Vegas - from the early explorers, miners, and ranchers to the corporate giants and entertainers of today as they continue to shape this unique and exciting city. Las Vegas Legends has it all - sex, mobsters, casino moguls, gambling, world class attractions, myths, true stories, scandals,and even the dark side. Learn about the early days, the town under mob rule, and the decisions that made Las Vegas the largest American city spawned in the 20th Century. Many of the stories in this book are so electrifying that they have even shocked the generally unflappable Las Vegans.
Discover one of America's most fascinating cities through 30 dramatic true stories spanning Las Vegas's 150-year history. James Roman takes readers on a tour through the glamorous and sometimes sordid history of Las Vegas and explains how a railroad town transformed itself into "the Entertainment Capital of the World." Essays explore the major historic events from the founding of Sin City and the building of the Hoover Dam to the rise of the Rat Pack at the Sands and the establishment of the Mafia-controlled casinos. Also included are intriguing tales of Vegas celebrities from Frank Sinatra and Liberace to Siegfried and Roy, as well as numerous historical photos and full-color maps.
Author: Paul W. Papa
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
In the depths of the Great Depression, the United States undertook a task so monumental it demanded nearly five thousand people to complete. The Hoover Dam stands as a modern marvel, a testament to Americas ingenuity. However, few know the story of the town that built the dam. To house the workers, Secretary of Interior Ray L. Wilbur envisioned a model of city planning, giving birth to Boulder City. Wilbur intended for the city to be temporary, to disappear once the dam was complete, but it didnt work out that way. Local author Paul W. Papa offers a unique look at a town that may have been forged by a dam but took on a life of its own.
Las Vegas may have risen to fame as hotbed of forbidden fun, but in its modern incarnation, there’s something here for everyone. Whether you’re a sinner or a saint, 100 Things to do in Las Vegas Before You Die will guide you to places you never knew existed and give you that extra nudge to visit that landmark you’ve always wanted to see. Come here for a weekend or stay for weeks. These pages will guide you to world-class dining and entertainment on the Strip, the hippest new restaurants in Chinatown or cheap but delicious eats in the city’s suburban strip malls. Hike Alpine heights just an hour away from the bright lights, or soak up mob and natural history right in town. Come any time of year: If it’s summertime, there are pools galore. If it’s winter, get an up-close view of the Mojave Desert’s beauty. Let 100 Things to do in Las Vegas Before You Die be your insider’s guide to everything the Las Vegas Valley has to offer. You’ll see why 40 million people a year visit this desert oasis - and why many of them keep coming back.
"The Las Vegas Chronicles" assembles the true stories of the city's most conniving mobsters and how they ran Sin City during its heyday. Pairing McLean's personal experience working in Las Vegas with his vivid investigative style of writing, this beautifully illustrated book gives you a unique look into the history of this extraordinary city. Uncover the Hollywood myth behind Bugsy Siegel and his wacko schemes for the Flamingo Hotel, and witness the real evolution of the fabulous Strip. In addition to exploring the annals of Mob activity in Vegas, you get a handy, fact-based Timeline of Special Events that took place in Las Vegas from 1829 to present day. Enjoy spell-binding sagas about the city's forefathers, today's casino operators and celebrity performers on the stages of Las Vegas showrooms-Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis, Siegfried & Roy, and Wayne Newton. REVIEW Vegas is where fortunes are created and fortunes are lost. "The Las Vegas Chronicles" tells the history of the people who made Las Vegas, and what has become of them over the centuries, from eccentrics who tossed millions at getting the city's legend gang, stories of gangsters, politics, and the modern atmosphere of keeping the games in favor of the Casino. With plenty of stories, "The Las Vegas Chronicles" is a choice collection for anyone who wants to understand the many twists and turns of Las Vegas's long history. -- "Midwest Book Review" "The Las Vegas Chronicles" by Andrew McLean is a truly remarkable read. After doing extensive research for my Las Vegas police and Mob books, I figured I knew most everything worth knowing about Sin City. At least that's what I thought until I read this book. In "The Las Vegas Chronicles" Mr. McLean accurately tells his readers the history of the city, who the key players were-both good and bad, the celebrities, the gaming, trivia, it's all there. I highly recommend this book to all readers. And if you're a history buff, a Las Vegas fan, or a bit of both, "The Las Vegas Chronicles" is a must read. -- Denny Griffin, author "Policing Las Vegas," "The Battle for Las Vegas," "CULLOTTA" "Although I lived and worked in Las Vegas, Andrew J. McLean's, The Las Vegas Chronicles is a highly educational and enjoyable read. It seems that with so many subjects, the facts are hard to come by. Factual history is really the core of civilization. We also tend to fictionalize so much of what is our history and Andrew McLean seems to have done his homework of what really happened and has now shared his findings with the rest of the world. The subject of Las Vegas has always captured the imagination and being that it's history is so unique, I couldn't put this book down. I witnessed much of what The Las Vegas Chronicles described although until now I never knew how or why so many events happened. The book is laid out in a very organized way so that the reader can fully see the transitions and metamorphous of Las Vegas in chronological order. I sometimes ask myself if I am going to miss something by not reading a particular book The historical information makes this book a great addition to one's library." -- Jay Rankin, author of "Under the Neon Sky...A Las Vegas Doorman's Story" "A wonderfully lucid and fascinating book of the Las Vegas scene during the mobster days and the transition to corporate ownership of the casinos. A fascinating book of stories, facts, and illustrations of one of the most interesting cities in the world. Andy's personality shows though in his fluid writing style. A most enjoyable must-read book." -- "BR" Bob L. Riley, Aerospace Engineer retired "Very enjoyable and interesting read. Anyone with a gambling/Vegas background will be interested in this book." -- Al Rainosek, Ph.D.
Everyday Las Vegas
Author: Rex J. Rowley
Every year, nearly forty million people visit Las Vegas from all over the world, though only two million call the city home. Using interviews with more than one hundred local residents, Everyday Las Vegas takes a close look at what life is like for those who live in a place that the rest of the world sees as an exotic, even decadent vacation destination. Rowley surveys the reasons people move to Las Vegas, how they interact as both workers and consumers with the overwhelming tourist economy, and how they are affected by its constant growth and rapid change. He considers the impacts of a very fluid population on the stability of schools, churches, and other community institutions. His interviews candidly reveal the benefits and perils of living in a nonstop, twenty-four-hour city that is rich in myriad entertainment options but also offers easy access to gambling and other addictions. More broadly, Everyday Las Vegas looks at how the perception of a locale differs between insiders and outsiders and how the personality of a place influences the lives of its residents.
Along with "what happens here stays here" and "Circus Circus isn't that bad," one of the biggest Las Vegas myths is that so-called insiders are the city's best sources of tips, reviews, and information. Often, however, obsessive Las Vegas visitors offer more trustworthy suggestions and accurate insights about the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street. An unapologetic Las Vegas outsider, author Tim Dressen shares advice, hints, and unfiltered opinions gathered as cohost of Five Hundy by Midnight, the Original Las Vegas Podcast, for more than a decade. With the same irreverent spirit as the podcast, The Outsiders' Guide to Las Vegas is packed with useful information, entertaining perspectives, and more than a few off-the-rails rants. This is the Las Vegas guide by an outsider, inspired by outsiders, and for outsiders.
This intriguing biography recounts the life of the legendary Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, revealing his true role in the development of Las Vegas and debunking some of the common myths about his notoriety. • Assesses Siegel's life as a gangster in organized crime of the time • Provides a detailed account of Siegel's last day in 1947, culminating with his murder at his girlfriend's house in Beverly Hills • Discusses the facts and fallacies about his association with the development of Las Vegas • Features a chronological treatment of Siegel in films, novels, documentaries, and accounts in newspapers and magazines • Includes photographs of Siegel and the Flamingo Hotel and Casino at the time of its construction and opening
Last Dance in Havana
Author: Eugene Robinson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
In power for forty-four years and counting, Fidel Castro has done everything possible to define Cuba to the world and to itself -- yet not even he has been able to control the thoughts and dreams of his people. Those thoughts and dreams are the basis for what may become a post-Castro Cuba. To more fully understand the future of America's near neighbor, veteran reporter Eugene Robinson knew exactly where to look -- or rather, to listen. In this provocative work, Robinson takes us on a sweaty, pulsating, and lyrical tour of a country on the verge of revolution, using its musicians as a window into its present and future. Music is the mother's milk of Cuban culture. Cubans express their fondest hopes, their frustrations, even their political dissent, through music. Most Americans think only of salsa and the Buena Vista Social Club when they think of the music of Cuba, yet those styles are but a piece of a broad musical spectrum. Just as the West learned more about China after the Cultural Revolution by watching From Mao to Mozart, so will readers discover the real Cuba -- the living, breathing, dying, yet striving Cuba. Cuban music is both wildly exuberant and achingly melancholy. A thick stew of African and European elements, it is astoundingly rich and influential to have come from such a tiny island. From rap stars who defy the government in their lyrics to violinists and pianists who attend the world's last Soviet-style conservatory to international pop stars who could make millions abroad yet choose to stay and work for peanuts, Robinson introduces us to unforgettable characters who happily bring him into their homes and backstage discussions. Despite Castro's attempts to shut down nightclubs, obstruct artists, and subsidize only what he wants, the musicians and dancers of Cuba cannot stop, much less behave. Cubans move through their complicated lives the way they move on the dance floor, dashing and darting and spinning on a dime, seducing joy and fulfillment and next week's supply of food out of a broken system. Then at night they take to the real dance floors and invent fantastic new steps. Last Dance in Havana is heartwrenching, yet ultimately as joyous and hopeful as a rocking club late on a Saturday night.
White Teacher/Black Mama
Author: Anita Kelley D'Abbraccio, Tiffany Lott Stevenson
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
"Anita Kelley D'Abbraccio and Tiffany Lott Stevenson came from very different worlds. Anita was part of the uppermiddle class with children in private school. Tiffany was a struggling mother of five who was desperate to find someone to help her special needs son. These two women never would've had cause to cross paths if not for God's plan. As Anita and Tiffany began a burgeoning friendship, they helped each other in extraordinary and unexpected ways. Their inspirational memoir shows how faith and understanding can bridge any distance." --
Las Vegas, 1905-1965
Author: Lynn M. Zook, Allen Sandquist, Carey Burke
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Everyone thinks they know the story of Las Vegas: the showgirls, the gambling, the mob. But Las Vegas has always been much more. Families have lived here since its founding in 1905. After 1931, legalized gaming became the big tourist draw, and following World War II, the town began to market itself as "America's Playground." That is when the famed Las Vegas Strip came into its own and downtown was dubbed "Glitter Gulch." These vintage postcards show how Las Vegas evolved from a dusty railroad town into the "Entertainment Capital of the World," while remaining a city filled with families and pioneering souls.
The definitive guide to the best strategies at the gambling table-now in a fully revised and updated fourth edition Long recognized as the gambler's bible, The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling has been completely revised and expanded to include new rules and strategies for every major game in the casino, including several popular new ones. This entirely updated fourth edition remains the most authoritative and comprehensive book in its field, bringing gambling expert Edwin Silberstang's professional secrets and expertise into the twenty-first-century casino. The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling can literally replace a shelf full of guides to individual games-each chapter is a book of its own. Silberstang shows readers - the best strategies to beat multiple-deck blackjack, including simple but powerful card-counting methods - how to exploit the free-odds wager in craps to minimize the house edge - ways to win at the most popular video poker games - the secrets to the new casino games, such as Three Card Poker and Let It Ride® - what games to play where for the best odds - a winning approach to thinking as a gambler, worth the cost of the entire book
The Freed's Way
Author: Joan Fried, Sarah Fried-Fusco, Paul W. Papa
People come from all over Las Vegas to get a taste of Freed's sinful treats. But their appeal is not limited to Las Vegas alone. Thanks to being featured on several food-oriented shows, Freed's has built a substantial national and international following. So much so that in 2017, the bakery was able to launch its own television show on Food Network called Vegas Cakes, which has just been picked up for its second season. Now they are ready to share both their story and their recipes. The Freed's Way: Cakes and Creations From Las Vegas' Oldest Bakery will showcase many of Freed's Bakery's time-honored recipes. These include their famous wedding cakes, dessert cakes, cookies, and other sinful treats (a list of which will be determined upon acceptance of the proposal). The book will not only showcase the recipes but will show appealing professional photos in a four-color format. Additionally, the book will include helpful baking hints from Freed's more than 50 years of experience as well as profiles of the employees who appear on the show.