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A SHORT HISTORY OF CARSON CITY
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    Nevada’s capital city is today a charming, modern community, with an unusually eventful past. A Short History of Carson City traces its history from its origin as a mid-nineteenth-century trading post to its rise as the political center of Nevada. Here are the hard-working citizens and colorful characters, the political and business decisions, and the evolving economy that helped shape it. This is the first comprehensive historical account of a thoroughly modern state capital with its...

    A SHORT HISTORY OF LAS VEGAS
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    Item #: 616043916194 -

      The authors, both journalists, moved to Las Vegas in 1977. In this book, they look at the entire spectrum of Glitter City from its humble beginnings as a little pond in a big desert to its fantastic present. Covers pioneers, mobsters, entertainers, dam builders, and back street action. Also includes a look at Laughlin, Primm and Mesquite. 240 pgs, paperback, 1999

      A SHORT HISTORY OF RENO
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      Item #: 616043916200 -

        Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World, takes such a backseat to Las Vegas, it's often ignored by historians who cover the history of gaming. In this book, the Lands manage to cram more than 100 years of information along with pictures, illustrations, maps, and interesting tidbits about the people who actually made gambling, people like Bill Harrah and Pappy Smith. 130 pgs, paperback, 1995

        ART OF GAMBLING & THE AGES
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        Item #: 9780929712901 -

          A one-of-a-kind item, this coffee-table book contains 139 fine reproductions of great works of art that incorporate gambling in their theme. The photos include a black-figure painting that dates back to 500 B.C., dozens of card players, several works by LeRoy Neiman, Picasso, Thomas Hart Benton and other artists. A beautifully rendered documentation of the evolution of gambling. 231 pgs, hardcover, 2000

          BUILDING HOOVER DAM
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          Item #: 9780874174892 -

            Looks at how Hoover Dam helped Las Vegas sprout as few cities in American history have, and what it was like to live, work, gamble and survive during one of the greatest, ambitious projects in the nation's history. Also contains a list of those who gave their lives during the dam's building and the slang of the builders ('easy-dough' was a boss and a 'Joe McGee' was a makeshift tool). You get a feel for the grit, dust and 120-degree heat flying in the face of workers;...

            CASINO MOSCOW
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            Item #: 9780684869773 -

              A staff writer for the Wall Street Journal in Kiev and Moscow from 1996 to 1998, Brzezinski had a front-row seat at the turbulent privatization of Russia's post-Communist industrial base. Modernization and efficiency along Western lines may have been the official goals of the campaign, but Brzezinski argues that, in the end, it resulted in large-scale robbery in which Russia's elite spirited an estimated $150 billion to $300 billion out of the country, stowing it in Swiss bank accounts...

              CULT VEGAS
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              Item #: 9780929712710 -

                A combination of entertainment and history beginning in the 1950s. Captures the wild, spontaneous, uninhibited days of Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack to memorable acts like Luis Prima, Keely Smith, Sonny King, the Treniers, and the Checkmates, as well as comedians Joe E. Lewis, Buddy Hackett, Shecky Greene, Don Rickles, Redd Foxx and Sam Kinison. Weatherford remembers when Elvis Presley flopped at first in Las Vegas and later captured the town; when Liberace made it big; Barbra Streisand...

                ETHNIC OASIS: THE CHINESE IN THE BLACK HILLS
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                Item #: 9780971517172 -

                  The discovery of gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota brought thousands of people to the mining town of Deadwood, including many Chinese immigrants. Ethnic Oasis explores how the Chinese met the challenge of living and working in a land much different from their own. Seeking to surround themselves with the familiar, they established their own “Chinatowns” in Deadwood and other communities throughout the West. From these enclaves, Chinese immigrants competed to succeed in...

                  FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS
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                  Item #: 780615701530 -

                    History of Nevada within a social and political context. Probes the economic impact (and other factors) of gambling in Nevada, while asking questions about this key source of state income. Traces the evolution of gambling control. 142 pgs, paperback, 1986

                    FUN AND GAMES IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICA
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                    Item #: 9780313322167 -

                      Americans have always needed time for relaxation and recreation. This book describes how political, economic, and cultural events influenced the history and development of the leisure pursuits of Americans of different races and ethnic backgrounds during the 20th century and the effects they had on society. 304 pgs, hard cover, 2003

                      GALVESTON: ISLAND OF CHANCE
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                      Item #: 9780965956604 -

                        A resource on the history of illegal gambling in Galveston and a reference on collectable chips of the last century in that area. It also traces the Fertitta family's successes and adventures in Galveston before Frank Fertitta ventured to Las Vegas 40 years ago. Today, his family owns the Stations casino chain in Vegas. Well-illustrated, this work documents the attempts to crack down on illegal gambling as well the efforts to expand it from the l920s on, including the Maceo empire, which...

                        GAMBLERS OF THE OLD WEST
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                          Kelly leads off with Wild Bill Hickok and Poker Alice before moving to Luke Short, Soapy Smith, Bob Ford, Doc Holliday, John Wesley Hardin, Tom Horn, Bat Masterson, Buckskin Frank Leslie, Sam Bass and Belle Starr. He captures the flavor of the times; the conditions these pioneers lived and played in; how tough life was with hot women and warm beer, bad booze, miserable food and equally horrible working conditions. Kelly has done some fascinating digging and extensive research. 184 Pgs. 1995 ...

                          GAMBLERS OF YESTERYEAR
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                          Item #: 616043917603 -

                            This detailed history of five of Europe's most famous gambling spasBath, Spa, Baden Baden, Bad Homburg, Monte Carlotakes researchers from the beginnings in the 19th century through 1914. Presents a treasury of gambling anecdotes, both humorous and dramatic, about the famous and infamous, their wins and losses, including those of Beau Nash, John Wesley, Leo Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Francois Blanc. 280 pgs, paperback, 1983

                            GOLD, GALS, GUNS, GUTS: A HISTORY OF DEADWOOD
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                            Item #: 9780971517189 -

                              Beginning with the gold rush of 1876, the northern Black Hills became home to prospectors, entrepreneurs, gamblers and criminals. Gals, many of them prostitutes, followed the miners, and guns often ruled in the rough-and-tumble towns. Through photographs, newspaper accounts, and a lively text, Lee traces the history of Deadwood, Lead and Spearfish from the time of the Custer Expedition in 1874 to the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. He has updated the book from its first edition, adding changes in...

                              GREAT GAMBLES OF THE CIVIL WAR
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                              Item #: 9780785815907 -

                                War is in many ways the ultimate gamble. In this masterly account of thirteen dramatic military gambles, Katcher shows how, on each occasion, the odds for success or failure were finely calculated and the desperate chance then taken. Some of the gambles were successful, some partly successful, and some simply failed. The one thing common to them all is that they originated in the brain of a commander who chose an option that went against conventional wisdom, which almost always advises...

                                HISTORY OF THE WORLD FROM A GAMBLERS PERSPECTIVE
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                                TWO PLUS TWO PUBLISHING Item #: 10710 -

                                  Gambling is something that many of us participate in, and this can include a trip to a casino or perhaps a home game of poker. But it turns out gambling, or aspects of gambling, will appear in many places, and this, of course, includes history, and that's what this book is about. First, we'll define exactly what gambling is, explain why both luck and skill (or lack of skill) are important, and also define something called non-self-weighting strategies which just happens to be the right way to...

                                  HOUSE OF HILTON: FROM CONRAD TO PARIS
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                                  Item #: 616043920498 -

                                    This unauthorized chronicle of the Hilton family is both amazing and shocking as it takes you through the family's history from poverty and obscurity to glory and glamour. Using candid and exclusive interviews, private documents, and public letters, Oppenheimer has pieced together an outstanding American saga. 304 pgs, hardcover, 2006

                                    LAS VEGAS THE FABULOUS FIRST CENTURY
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                                    ARCADIA PUBLISHING Item #: 1179 -

                                      A part of the Making of America series. Whether it's the Entertainment Capital of the World or Sin City or Glitter Gulch or Lost Wages, the city of Las Vegas has undergone incredible transformationfrom ancient watering hole to Mormon fort, whistle stop to mob-run profit centerto become the fastest growing urban community in the nation. A melting pot of races and cultures, Las Vegas boasts a history of vices and virtues. Striking photos of people, places and events. 160 pgs, paperback, 2003

                                      LAS VEGAS: A CENTENNIAL HISTORY
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                                      Item #: 9780874176155 -

                                        The meteoric rise of Las Vegas from a remote Mormon outpost to an international entertainment center and metropolitan area of over a million people was never a sure thing. In its first decades, the town languished but when Nevada legalized casino gambling (1931), the city met its destiny. This book celebrates the city's unparalleled growth, examining the development of its industry and the creation of an urban complex. Here are the colorful characters who shaped the growth, chronologically...

                                        MORE THAN PETICOATS
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                                        Item #: 9780762727391 -

                                          This book presents the compelling histories of fourteen pioneer women, all born before 1900, who traveled Nevada Territory in unstable wagons, on temperamental mules, and in early Motel Ts to leave a legacy of courage and celebration as they broke records, hearts, and rules while conquering uncharted ground.

                                          NEVADA TOWNS & TALES: VOL I NORTH
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                                          Item #: 9780913814413 -

                                            Richly illustrated with photos, maps, drawings, and copies of documents and clippings, these two volumes trace the history of the state. Vol. 1 includes Reno, Elko, Carson City, and its mining, politics, ranching, and gaming. Vol. 2 highlights Tonopah, Las Vegas, and Ely and includes entertainment history. 222 pgs, paperback, 1981

                                            NEVADA TOWNS & TALES: VOL II SOUTH
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                                            Item #: 780913814451 -

                                              Richly illustrated with photos, maps, drawings, and copies of documents and clippings, these two volumes trace the history of the state. Vol. 1 includes Reno, Elko, Carson City, and its mining, politics, ranching, and gaming. Vol. 2 highlights Tonopah, Las Vegas, and Ely and includes entertainment history. 244 pgs, paperback, 1982

                                              NEVADA YESTERDAYS
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                                              Item #: 616043917443 -

                                                For 18 years Las Vegans have enjoyed small helpings of their own rich history served up by public radio station KNPR, hearing well-told tales of characters with names like Whiskey Pete and the comic-opera romance between a famous female evangelist and a boyfriend called Whataman. This book presents more than 100 of those stories selected mostly by the program's original author, historian Frank Wright, who mined the pits and pockets of local lore for nuggets little-known to the public,...

                                                RESORT CITY IN SUNBELT
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                                                UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA PRESS Item #: 1670 -

                                                  A major study of the urbanization of Las Vegas that also provides a look at the city's historical development, this is a scholarly study of Las Vegas' efforts to annex its suburbs. Contains a discussion of the civil rights movement in the city: how Blacks were excluded and how the industry allowed a few influential bigots to control its destiny in the 1930s and 40s. 330 pgs, paperback, 2000

                                                  RICHES AND REGRETS
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                                                  Item #: 9780870814280 -

                                                    Focuses on Central City and Blackhawk, Colorado, and the opening of casinos in 1991 when gambling was adopted to stimulate the local economy and bring new riches to the mountain towns. Soon after it was approved, residents began to express regrets over what they had lost in the transformation of their unique communities. The author examines all the stages of the gambling proposal from concept to creation, with historical and sociological implications. 15 pages of references for the serious...

                                                    THE FIRST 100
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                                                    Item #: 9780929712673 -

                                                      A coffee-table book, this fine effort is a compilation of articles serialized in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The subject is, of course, Las Vegas' first 100 years, and it pays tribute to 100 people who were most influential in the shaping of Las Vegas.The authors compiled the profiles of these men and women who ushered the city to the forefront of pop culture.The names include casino founders (Bugsy Siegel, Benny Binion, for example), explorers and pioneers (John C. Fremont, O.D. Gass and...

                                                      THE MAVERICK SPIRIT
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                                                        Fourteen chapters by noted writers, researchers and scholars focus on people who were/are instrumental in the explosive growth of Nevada. The history of gaming in the state is traced by looking at the people who had the vision to see a tiny railroad town in the middle of a desert as a resort destination. Includes Maude Frazier, educator and lawmaker; Moe Dalitz; controversial founder of the modern Las Vegas; James McMillan, who championed the drive for equality; William F. Harrah; Hank...