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

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The shadowy past and present of Las Vegas – and its role in the shaping of today's America, are here revealed as never before by two of the country's leading investigative reporters. After five years of intensive research and interviewing, Sally Denton and Roger Morris make clear how and why Las Vegas became the greatest "business success story" of the twentieth century, and how the rest of America ensured this success by contributing capital as well as customers.

Headquarters of a trillion-dollar worldwide empire, the site of unprecedented political and economic power, Las Vegas, in the view of Denton and Morris, is by no means an aberrant sin city. They demonstrate how, on the contrary, it has grown out of, and reflects, a corruption and a worship of money that have crept into American life since Prohibition.

They trace the original funds for the founding of the Las Vegas we know today to nationwide narcotics trafficking. They show how deeply a multiethnic criminal syndicate, in part feeding off gambling profits and the skim in Las Vegas, came to influence American politics and the larger society, and how pervasively its "style of business" has penetrated the entire nation.

Denton and Morris detail the amazing rise and reach of Meyer Lansky – the mind that ran the city; exactly how criminals, politicians, and businessmen worked together to control Las Vegas; the curious interplay of the city with the fates of Joseph, John F., and Robert Kennedy; how Howard Hughes and J. Edgar Hoover vastly intensified the city's corruption; how Mormon bankers and Wall Street financiers have bankrolled and profited from casinos ruled by organized crime; how a handful of dedicated journalists and law enforcement officers were destroyed before they could expose the city's secrets.

The Money and the Power is a detailed and illuminating chronicle of an extraordinary place and time – and a provocative reinterpretation of twentieth-century American history.

Review:

"Riveting and provocative. It's all here. An unforgettable portrait of the world's most fascinating city and its characters. Your view of Las Vegas and America will never be the same." Nicholas Pileggi, author of Casino and Wiseguy

Review:

"What a good book this is. From the pioneering Mormons to the racketeering Mob, this book is a terrific read, an investigative biography and secret history of America's most surreal and wired city. With characters like Bugsy Siegel and Benny Binion, The Money and the Power is proof-positive that Las Vegas is not only stranger than fiction – it's scarier." Jim Hougan, author of Secret Agenda: Watergate, Deep Throat and the CIA

Review:

"An outstanding book, at once majestic and terrible in its symmetry. Denton and Morris have cracked a key part of the genetic code of the modern United States, with the resolve that led scientists to unravel DNA. There is a skein that links mobsters and multiple presidents, Mormons and money men, the darker machinations of the CIA and the old FBI, hard drugs and apple pie – and it winds out from the back to Las Vegas. The Money and the Power sounds a warning call for the millennium." Anthony Summers, author of The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon

Synopsis:

The shadowy past and present of Las Vegas—and its role in the shaping of today's America—are here revealed as never before by two of the country's leading investigative reporters. After five years of intensive research and interviewing, Sally Denton and Roger Morris make clear how and why Las Vegas became the greatest "business success story" of the twentieth century, and how the rest of America ensured this success by contributing capital as well as customers.

Headquarters of a trillion-dollar worldwide empire, the site of unprecedented political and economic power, Las Vegas, in the view of Denton and Morris, is by no means an aberrant sin city. They demonstrate how, on the contrary, it has grown out of, and reflects, a corruption and a worship of money that have crept into American life since Prohibition.

They trace the original funds for the founding of the Las Vegas we know today to nationwide narcotics trafficking. They show how deeply a multiethnic criminal syndicate, in part feeding off gambling profits and the skim in Las Vegas, came to influence American politics and the larger society, and how pervasively its "style of business" has penetrated the entire nation.

Denton and Morris detail the amazing rise and reach of Meyer Lansky—the mind that ran the city; exactly how criminals, politicians, and businessmen worked together to control Las Vegas; the curious interplay of the city with the fates of Joseph, John F., and Robert Kennedy; how Howard Hughes and J. Edgar Hoover vastly intensified the city’s corruption; how Mormon bankers and Wall Street financiers have bankrolled and profited from casinos ruled by organized crime; how a handful of dedicated journalists and law enforcement officers were destroyed before they could expose the city’s secrets.

The Money and the Power is a detailed and illuminating chronicle of an extraordinary place and time—
and a provocative reinterpretation of twentieth-century American history.

About the Author

Sally Denton, an award-winning investigative reporter in both print and television, has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. She is the author of The Bluegrass Conspiracy: An Inside Story of Power, Greed, Drugs, and Murder. She lives in the Southwest with her husband, who is her coauthor, and her three sons.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375401305
Author:
Denton, Sally
Author:
Morris, Roger
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Politicians
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Las Vegas
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 158]
Publication Date:
2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
x, 479 p., 16 p. of plate
Dimensions:
9.60x6.54x1.52 in. 1.94 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Americana » Western States
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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Product details x, 479 p., 16 p. of plate pages RANDOM HOUSE TRADE - English 9780375401305 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Riveting and provocative. It's all here. An unforgettable portrait of the world's most fascinating city and its characters. Your view of Las Vegas and America will never be the same."
"Review" by , "What a good book this is. From the pioneering Mormons to the racketeering Mob, this book is a terrific read, an investigative biography and secret history of America's most surreal and wired city. With characters like Bugsy Siegel and Benny Binion, The Money and the Power is proof-positive that Las Vegas is not only stranger than fiction – it's scarier."
"Review" by , "An outstanding book, at once majestic and terrible in its symmetry. Denton and Morris have cracked a key part of the genetic code of the modern United States, with the resolve that led scientists to unravel DNA. There is a skein that links mobsters and multiple presidents, Mormons and money men, the darker machinations of the CIA and the old FBI, hard drugs and apple pie – and it winds out from the back to Las Vegas. The Money and the Power sounds a warning call for the millennium."
"Synopsis" by , The shadowy past and present of Las Vegas—and its role in the shaping of today's America—are here revealed as never before by two of the country's leading investigative reporters. After five years of intensive research and interviewing, Sally Denton and Roger Morris make clear how and why Las Vegas became the greatest "business success story" of the twentieth century, and how the rest of America ensured this success by contributing capital as well as customers.

Headquarters of a trillion-dollar worldwide empire, the site of unprecedented political and economic power, Las Vegas, in the view of Denton and Morris, is by no means an aberrant sin city. They demonstrate how, on the contrary, it has grown out of, and reflects, a corruption and a worship of money that have crept into American life since Prohibition.

They trace the original funds for the founding of the Las Vegas we know today to nationwide narcotics trafficking. They show how deeply a multiethnic criminal syndicate, in part feeding off gambling profits and the skim in Las Vegas, came to influence American politics and the larger society, and how pervasively its "style of business" has penetrated the entire nation.

Denton and Morris detail the amazing rise and reach of Meyer Lansky—the mind that ran the city; exactly how criminals, politicians, and businessmen worked together to control Las Vegas; the curious interplay of the city with the fates of Joseph, John F., and Robert Kennedy; how Howard Hughes and J. Edgar Hoover vastly intensified the city’s corruption; how Mormon bankers and Wall Street financiers have bankrolled and profited from casinos ruled by organized crime; how a handful of dedicated journalists and law enforcement officers were destroyed before they could expose the city’s secrets.

The Money and the Power is a detailed and illuminating chronicle of an extraordinary place and time—
and a provocative reinterpretation of twentieth-century American history.

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