The Money and the Power

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 7, 2002 - History - 496 pages
Las Vegas—the name evokes images of divorce and dice, gangsters and glitz. But beneath it all is a sordid history that is much more insidious and far-reaching than ever imagined. The Money and the Power is the most comprehensive look yet at Las Vegas and its breadth of influence. Based on five years of intensive research and interviewing, Sally Denton and Roger Morris reveal the city’s historic network of links to Wall Street, international drug traffickers, and the CIA. In doing so, they expose the disturbing connections amongst politicians, businessmen, and the criminals that harness these illegal activities. Through this lucid and gripping indictment of Las Vegas, Morris and Denton uncover a national ethic of exploitation, violence, and greed, and provide a provocative reinterpretation of twentieth-century American history. Now this neon maelstrom of ruthlessness and greed stands to not as an aberrant “sin city,” but as a natural outgrowth of the corruption and worship of money that have come to permeate American life.

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THE MONEY AND THE POWER: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America, 1947-2000

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Husband-and-wife investigative reporters view Las Vegas as our shadow capital, a sordid symbol of the greed, corruption, and falseness that permeate the country.Like confident boxers, Denton and ... Read full review

The money and the power: the making of Las Vegas and its hold on America, 1947-2000

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According to Denton (The Blue Grass Conspiracy) and her husband, noted author Morris (Partners in Power), modern Las Vegas enjoys a thriving economy dependent on gambling, greed, political corruption ... Read full review


First City of the Twentyfirst Century
Part One The Juice
Benny Binion
Pat McCarran
Bugsy Siegel
Hank Greenspun
Estes Kefauver
Part Three American Mecca
A Party in Carson City
An Enemy Too Far Within
Cleaning Out the Sucker
High Rollers
One Last Cruise
A Joints a Joint

Part Two City of Fronts
This Alliance of Gamblers Gangsters and Government
Temple Town of the American Dream
Character Loans
A Note About the Authors

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Sally Denton, an award-winning investigative reporter in both print and television, has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and American Heritage.  She is the author of American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857 and The Bluegrass Conspiracy: An Inside Story of Power, Greed, Drugs, and Murder. She received Western Heritage Awards in 2002 and 2004, a Lannan Literary grant in 2000, and, for her body of work, the Nevada Silver Pen Award of 2003 for distinguished literary achievement. She lives in New Mexico with her husband, who is her coauthor, and her three children.

Roger Morris served on the senior staff of the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, until he resigned over the invasion of Cambodia. He has won several national journalism prizes, including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for the finest investigative journalism in all media nationwide. He is the author of several books on history and politics, including Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician, which was short listed for both a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award.

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