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The Players: The Men Who Made Las Vegas.

SHEEHAN, Jack (editor).

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ISBN 10: 087417306X / ISBN 13: 9780874173062
Published by University of Nevada Press [1997], [Reno], 1997
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Small 4to. Stiff glazed pictorial wrappers. xiv, 224pp. Illustrations. Fine. Superb, tight first edition of this history of Vegas visionary businessmen such as Cliff Jones, Jay Sarno, Jackie Gaughan, Moe Dalitz, Benny Binion and Sam Boyd (1910-93) -- this last of whom's son was instrumental in the writing of this book, signs and inscribes the half-title page large and bold in black fineline: "December 15, 2001 / Thomas, / It has always / been one of my / personal goals to see / that stories about / some of the men who / started our industry / were reduced to writing. / Hope you enjoy reading / it. / Bill Boyd.". Bookseller Inventory # 33097

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Title: The Players: The Men Who Made Las Vegas.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press [1997], [Reno]

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Las Vegas has been largely shaped by a handful of colourful and astute casino operators who turned a dusty desert town into the gaudy, booming holiday mecca that it is today. The essays in this book introduce us to these "players". We discover how early leaders like Cliff Jones, Moe Dalitz and Benny Binion first grasped Las Vegas's potential as a centre for high-stakes gambling, and we read of mobster "Bugsy" Siegel's effort to bring to reality another man's dream of a glamorous resort-casino on a then-remote site at the edge of town. Other visionaries like Jay Sarno, Sam Boyd and Jackie Gaughan helped turn casinos into islands of fantasy, replete with lavish entertainment spectacles. The arrival of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes introduced a new style of corporate management - a style of management since carried on by Kirk Kerkorian and Steve Wynn - to an industry previously led by independent entrepreneurs and their families. In preparing their essays, the contributors consulted a wide range of sources and conducted interviews with many of the surviving players and their families and associates. The result is an informative account of a city's growth through the vision, energy and decisions of some remarkable gambler-businessmen.

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