A Short History of Las Vegas

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Host to more than 30 million visitors a year, Las Vegas reigns as the premier gaming Mecca. This historical account of the evolution of the city discusses its legends - Elvis, Liberace, the Rat Pack and the Mob. The authors also introduce the reader to the often-overlooked cultural side of Las Vegas and the entrepreneurs of the "satellites", Laughlin, Primm and Mesquite.

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Barbara and Myrick Land, internationally distinguished journalists, have collaborated on six books, including A Short History of Reno. In addition to her articles and newspaper columns, Barbara Land has written four books. Myrick (Mike) Land was an editor of LOOK magazine and a prolific journalistic who published eleven books. Mike Land, who died in 1998, had recently retired as professor of journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Barbara Land earned a B.A. from the University of Miami and a M.A. from Columbia University. She worked as a reporter for the Miami Herald from 1940-1947, then moved to New York City to work as a reporter for Life magazine in 1948.  A year later she began working in advertising for Cunningham & Walsh, Inc., before becoming a fashion reporter for the New York Times in 1955. She has written nonfiction books for children and adults. Land was inducted into the Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame in 1996 along with her husband and literary collaborator Myrick Land, who died in 1998. She lives in Reno.

Myrick Land (1922-1998) served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, then graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1945. He received a master's degree from Columbia University in 1946.  During the 1960s and early '70s, he was senior editor and assistant managing editor of Look magazine in New York.  Land came to Reno in 1976 as an assistant journalism professor in the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno retiring in 1993.  He was inducted into the Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame in 1996, along with his wife and literary collaborator, Barbara Land.

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