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

Front Cover
Basic Books, Nov 30, 2004 - History - 304 pages
1 Review
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

THE LAST HONEST PLACE IN AMERICA: In Search of Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Venturesome and intrepid Cooper (Pinochet and Me, 2001, etc.) becomes an embedded correspondent in a modern Xanadu designed to entice Kubla Khan, Hunter Thompson, and anyone with a spare buck.In 1947 ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Narboink - LibraryThing

When your subject is as protean and booming as Las Vegas, it’s almost impossible to write a contemporary account of it that isn’t hopelessly dated within a year or two of publication. This account ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2004)

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.

Bibliographic information