The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas

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Basic Books, Nov 30, 2004 - History - 304 pages
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Following in the tradition of Hunter S. Thompson, award-winning journalist Marc Cooper describes his longstanding love affair with Las Vegas. Cooper's kaleidoscopic journey begins in October 2001 with the dynamiting of the Desert Inn—the moment when old Vegas "cool" died and the new corporate model claimed definitive victory. From there he takes us on a journey from the glitzy Strip to the frayed downtown, indulging in his lifelong love of blackjack, hanging out with Mormons, mobsters, MBAs, born-again virgins, strippers, lap dance union organizers, gambling addicts, priests, and Vegas's colorful and controversial mayor.

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Review: The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas

User Review  - Jenn Smith - Goodreads

I'm on my way to visit Las Vegas for the 4th time in 7 years. If I had my way I'd visit twice a year, heck, I'd love to live there. Marc Cooper covers a broad range of topics about Vegas from ... Read full review

Review: The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas

User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

A fairly fascinating, albeit dated at this point, snapshot of contemporary Vegas and how it got there. Cooper spends a lot of time reminiscing on pre-corporate Vegas, glorifying spots like the Desert ... Read full review

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MARC COOPER'S work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy, Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, and the London Observer. He is the host of Radio Nation, a former correspondent for The Village Voice and Spin magazine, and has worked for CBS News, PBS Frontline, and the Christian Science Monitor. Cooper is the author of Pinochet and Me and is currently a contributing editor to The Nation, a columnist for L.A. Weekly, and a regular contributor to the "Sunday Opinion" section of the Los Angeles Times.

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