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Saints in Babylon: Mormons and Las Vegas Paperback – January 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0759658066 ISBN-10: 0759658064

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: 1st Book Library (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759658064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759658066
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully written. By far the best thing I have ever seen on the LDS role in politics and the community. -- A.D. Hopkins, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Loaded with intriguing factoids. Ward excels in identifying the Mormons who have occupied top business and political positions. -- Geoff Schumacher, Las Vegas Mercury

Superlative in its depth and lively style. -- Diane Alden, AldenChronicles.com

About the Author

Kenric Ward is an award-winning journalist and author who has written and edited extensively throughout Nevada, California and Indiana.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA, he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He was an editorial writer at the San Jose Mercury News and editor-in-chief of the Columbus (Ind.) Republic before moving to Las Vegas, where he served as an editor with the Las Vegas Sun. In addition to writing weekly columns for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and features for the Beehive, Ward co-authored “The Insiders Guide to Las Vegas’’ in 1997.

A correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, Ward also has been published by the Los Angeles Times, FoxNews.com and other Internet news sites. His investigative reports and commentaries won first-place awards from the Nevada Press Association, the Hoosier State Press Association and the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Education Reform.

He and his wife, Margaret, are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have lived in Las Vegas since 1990.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2002
"Saints in Babylon" shatters the stereotype that all Mormons think alike. In Las Vegas, anyway, it appears that the church exerts a lot of influence through its members. But the members themselves don't always see eye to eye -- especially when it comes to politics. This book has me taking a second look at Las Vegas and the Mormon religion in a whole new light. It explains a split personality of the city that most people never see. Bravo!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin W. Finn on February 26, 2002
Saints in Babylon is not just for Mormons or about Mormons. Ward's account of the influence and conflicts associated with the Mormon history in Vegas could just as easily be about any community of faith dealing with Sin City! Truthfully written, and filled with research and documentation, Saints in Babylon is really about the power of worldy influences over anyone struggling with the demands of moral living.
As a Catholic, I found Ward's historic look at Mormons in Las Vegas to be a riviting and informative story of the battle (won or lost) for the moral high ground in a city filled with overwhelming temptations and financial attractions. Mormon, Catholic, Prostetant or Jew, this is about, "Does the end justify the means?" Can money derived by sinful means be rationalized as a necessary evil, when those monies are used for good purposes?"
I read the book straight through. This is a great book!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 11, 2002
Saints In Babylon: Mormons And Las Vegas by Kenneth Ward is a truly riveting account of the Mormon community that thrives in the heartland of America's legalized gambling. This is the true story of how a ethically strict, theological-based temperant and anti-gambling oriented Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints established itself and then found ways to earn revenue off of gambling and the self-indulgent pleasures that Las Vegas commercializes and markets to everyone and anyone with the money to play makes for amazing and riveting reading. Saints In Babylon is a unique contribution to the study of contemporary Mormon history.
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