Las Vegas Babylon : The True Tales of Glitter, Glamour, and Greed

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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What happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas, and the proof is in this lively and entertaining compilation of stories chronicling decades of decadence, celebrity shenanigans, and political corruption, as well as the glitz and glamour of the casinos that pass for everyday life in Las Vegas. Sharing wild tales about everyone from the mobsters to the Hollywood stars and the casino workers, Burbank captures the true stories from Las Vegas's seedy underbelly that have led to America's one-hundred-year fascination with the aptly named Sin City. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Jett Buibank is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Newsweek. He is the author of License to Steal, a book on casino gaming controversies; and is a commentator for KNPR-FM in Las Vegas

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Hype and Cold Realityp. 1
The Vegas Mob
A Hundred-Year Play in Three Actsp. 25
Highway 91 Blues: Bugsy Siegelp. 59
Mr. Las Vegas: Moe Dalitzp. 79
Excess Celebrities
Rancho Sanitarium: Clara Bowp. 93
Norma Jeane's Perjury: Marilyn Monroep. 99
The Sahara's Freak Show: Christine Jorgensenp. 111
Mrs. Bates's Closet: Vera Kruppp. 115
Striking Oil: Louis Armstrongp. 121
Get Happy Pills, Please: Judy Garlandp. 123
Sagging Career: Jayne Mansfieldp. 129
Meet Me in Las Vegas: JFKp. 133
Holding Up the Customers: Lenny Brucep. 155
Landmark Pharmacy: Elvis Presleyp. 159
Jail a' Go-Go: Jim Morrisonp. 167
Smack Down: Sonny Listonp. 169
Audition in My Hotel Room: Tommy Smothersp. 171
One Night in Vegas: David Stricklandp. 175
Momo's Moll Flips: Phyllis McGuirep. 177
Whipped Cream Dreams: Robin Leachp. 185
Vegas Politics
Harry Reid's Favorite Sons and Daughtersp. 191
Democrats and Daiquiris: Shelley Berkleyp. 201
GOP Rocks the Votep. 209
Bad Girls, Sad Girlsp. 215
Gaming with the Future
The Bonfire of Kirk's Vanities: The MGM Firep. 239
Binion Family Valuesp. 243
Ginji's Aladdin Genie Loses $100 Millionp. 251
Billionaire Sandboxes: Steve Wynn versus Sheldon Adelsonp. 257
True Crimes
Three Women in a Cellp. 265
Criminal Refuge
Vegas Confessionp. 275
Evil Spiritsp. 279
Dueling Shills
Vegas's Little-Read Newspapersp. 291
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 299
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