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Discussion in 'General Vegas Talk' started by DannyOcean, Mar 22, 2016.

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    Haven't been big into cross-posting, but this is always a good topic to have on hand. There are a ton of great books about Vegas. I'm a bit of a junkie for them. These are some favorites and, generally, time well spent for degenerates like us.

    Some I'd recommend highly:

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    (The story of Steve Cyr)

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    (Great overview of Vegas history, with an emphasis on more modern times; updated edition well worth it)

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    (a fun up and down story about a guy who's got $50K to gamble in Vegas, when he's never really gambled much before)

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    (The biography of Jay Sarno, focusing heavily on Caesar's, Circus Circus, and his failure to build the Grandissimo)

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    (Mostly the Mirage-early 90s building boom)

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    (very thorough, academic look at Vegas history that is superbly researched)

    Others I've enjoyed, but I feel like you need to have your BS detector on a little bit, although they're good reads:

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    (pretty folksy overview by a guy who dealt in the 70s and 80s; some good stories, and a very honest voice)

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    (doorman working the graveyard shift at the MGM when it opened; some things raise the BS meter -- like crowds standing around watching the doormen work and cheering for them? -- but quite heartfelt with some real and raw honesty in it)

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    (some solid stories in here)

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    (former casino exec, with some good tales, but will also raise the BS detector a bit and some very strange copy-and-paste seeming editing mistakes)

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    (written by outed madam Jami Rodman, there is a lot of BS in here but there also are some great, honest tales of the crazy lives out there in Vegas ... it's almost like parts of this were written not to get her busted haha)
     
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    The three BEST Vegas books are Neon Nuptials: The Complete Guide to Las Vegas Weddings by Ken Van Vechten, Golf Las Vegas: The Ultimate Guide also by Ken Van Vechten, and Las Vegas EAT! coincidentally by ... Ken Van Vechten. ;)

    I've read all but two of your recs, and enjoyed them all.
     
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    LOL!
     
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    Rest assured, these will come off my list soon, too! Haha
     
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    I found Neon Nuptials to be rather elementary and far from "complete." The authors bias was quite evident as well.

    The only thing it would serve as a "guide" for would be how not to write a complete guide for Las Vegas weddings. :)
     
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    Danny, I've read about half your books. All were great. I also read the Oscar Goodman biography.

    I need to get on some of the other recommendations you provided.

    And, Ken, I was just ribbing you.
     
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    Dude, whatever. I shop often at Ribs R Us.
     
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