Before "Bugsy" Siegel" opened the Flamingo casino and created the Las Vegas Strip, the Mob was hard at work stealing Downtown casinos like the Las Vegas Club and the El Cortez from their original owners. Reno casino owners resorted to arson and murder to keep their money flowing, and they had Lake Tahoe casinos in their pocket too!
Nevada's Golden Age of Gambling is a photo-rich history of the casinos from 1931 to 1981. All about the building of empires from Reno and Lake Tahoe to Las Vegas and a dozen other Nevada casino towns.
Stories detail how the casinos were built, who the major gaming pioneers were, and how they managed to build Nevada from a agriculture and mining based economy into the greatest gaming empire in the world.
Chapters include the history of casinos and their founders from Bill Harrah and "Pappy" Smith, to Moe Dalitz, "Bugsy" Siegel, and dozens of others.
About the Author, Al W. Moe:
I'm a lucky guy. My family traveled through Nevada most summers and I got to see the towns and casinos changing like the color of the leaves in the trees. Casinos came and went. So did we.
I started taking pictures of the casinos and researching their owners and name changes in the 1980's. I collected chips and dice, and since then I've had a great time working at properties like Harrah's and Harold's Club, and writing about everything I've learned.
I also write a Nevada Casino History blog and discuss Casino Gambling at About.com Please drop by and leave me a note - I'll respond.
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When I first agreed to review this book, I was afraid it was going to be all about gambling and nothing else....wow, was I wrong! Al narrates "Nevada's Golden Age of Gambling" a true account of what had taken place while Las Vegas was building and growing with understandable words and fantastic vintage pictures. I truly enjoyed reading this book and found I learned so much about how it all started out. Al's words allow you to get to meet the colorful, and not so colorful characters that made Las Vegas what it is today. Highly recommended for all who love to learn how places became to be.
I give "Nevada's Golden Age of Gambling" a 5 star rating.
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