The essays and short stories in this collection reveal the glitz and history of a city that has gone from "mobster and starlet hideaway, to haven of sin and vice, to its present incarnation as low-roller heaven" and still remains the marriage capital of the U.S. As the editor notes, "Who else but Las Vegas would make the A-bomb a picnic? An honest-to-God picnic." Believe it or not, tourists would travel to a local hilltop, with lunches provided by the casinos, to view the test blasting of the atomic bombs. There is plenty of more fascinating reading for those who love, hate, or never even thought much about this city. There are tales of lounge lizards, millionaires, showgirls, gangsters, gamblers, and businessmen from writers such as Joan Didion, Noel Coward, Hunter S. Thompson, and A. J. Liebling. Denise Perry Donavin
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