The Money and the Power

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 7, 2002 - History - 479 pages
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Las Vegas–the name evokes images of divorce and dice, prostitutes and payoffs, gangsters and glitz. But beneath it all is a sordid history that is much more insidious and far-reaching than ever imagined. Now, at the dawn of the new century, 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.

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.

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Review: The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America

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Researching Vegas and surrounds for a recent novel this was by far the most informative and compelling book, well-written despite having two authors, and pulling no punches--perhaps because most of the people they would have to fear are buried. Read full review

Review: The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America

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The sourcing of the information gets in the way of the story at every possible point. The worst construction of a narrative thread based on true events. Read full review

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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 and Roger Morris live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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