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Product Details

  • Series: Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Unofficial Guides (September 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628090227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628090222
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

What's New in the Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas 2015?

New Dining section with features on downtown, Chinatown, buffets, meal deals, and reviews of 50 restaurants.
Reviews of over 50 shows and show venues
Tips for choosing a Cirque du Soleil show
New section on Players Clubs and how membership will get you great offers on rooms, shows, and dining
Where to find the loosest slots
Best place to play for each casino game
How to use the new V area code
New scams to watch out for
Profiles of all the hotels including the new LINQ Hotel, Cromwell, Delano, and Downtown Grand.
Special section on hotels with balconies
Full coverage of the LINQ dining and recreation area including the High Roller observation wheel.
Extensive new coverage of nightlife with dozens of clubs and venues profiled.
Previews of new Strip shopping venues at New York New York, Tropicana, Montecarlo, TI, and Bally's.
New section of firing ranges and gun demonstrations.
Review of Circus Circus Adventuredome's new El Loco roller coaster
New exhibits and tours at the Neon Museum
Complete coverage of outdoor recreational options including climbing, bouldering, road biking, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, fishing, and river running.

About the Author

Bob Sehlinger, a Lowell Thomas Award-winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of The Unofficial Guide series.

He is credited with being the first to apply research techniques from the fields of operations research and statistics to travel guides. Among other projects, he was able to develop mathematical models that could save theme park patrons more than three hours of standing in line in a single day.

He is the founder and co-owner of Keen Communications, a book publishing company that includes Menasha Ridge Press, Clerisy Press, and Wilderness Press. The author of 27 books, Sehlinger is a past president of the Publishers Association of the South, and he has served at the invitation of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Information Service on educational missions for publishers in Hungary, Romania, and Russia. He lives in Birmingham, AL.


More About the Author

Bob Sehlinger, a Lowell Thomas Award winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of the Unofficial Guide Series published by Wiley Publishing Inc. and sold worldwide.

He is credited with being the first to apply research techniques from the fields of operations research and statistics to travel guides. Among other projects, he was able to develop mathematical models that could save theme park patrons more than three hours of standing in queue in a single day.

Sehlinger and his research team (pictured) have had numerous adventures and developed some unusual methodologies. Here's a sampling from research for The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World:

"We've slept in every Disney resort multiple times and more than 80 Orlando-area properties. Only once did we wake up covered in bugs. (It was a non-Disney hotel.)"

"We test hotel room soundproofing using a sophisticated digital sound meter and a copy of The Who's Greatest Hits."

"The first time we did Orlando spa reviews, one of our researchers had an eyebrow burned off during a waxing that went horribly awry."

"We once logged more than 700 miles in one week on buses to test Disney's transportation system, and never left Disney property. The bus drivers got so used to us being on board that one forgot we were there and took us back to the bus garage when his shift ended."

"We test pillow fluffiness using a measurement process we invented. We intended to use a fake human head as part of the test, but worried about getting it through airport security. We settled on a gallon jug of water, which is about the same size and weight as an average adult's noggin."

"When we test counter-service restaurants, we order at least one of everything on the menu, and break up in to small teams to sample each thing. We've tried every counter-service food item in every American Disney theme park."

"Our crowd prediction models take in to account everything from the day of week and time of year, to the vacation schedules of the fifty largest school districts east of the Mississippi, to weather phenomena including temperature, rainfall and humidity."

Bob Sehlinger is founder and co-owner of Keen Communications, a book publishing company that includes Menasha Ridge Press in Birmingham, Alabama; Clerisy Press in Cincinatti, Ohio; and Wilderness Press in Berkeley, California. The author of twenty-seven books, Sehlinger is a past president of the Publishers Association of the South, and has served at the invitation of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Information Service on educational missions for publishers in Hungary, Romania, and Russia.

Before becoming involved in writing and publishing, Sehlinger was CEO of SAGE, inc., a wilderness arts teaching and expeditional company that produced courses in kayaking, rock climbing, survival, and backpacking (among others) for high schools and universities in a 7-state area. During this period Sehlinger served as president of the Eastern Professional River Outfitters Association. Sehlinger makes his home in Birmingham, Alabama where he continues to be an avid river runner and mountain biker.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Baker on October 1, 2014
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Great travel guide for Vegas. The rating systems of the shows is helpful for groups of mixed ages. I'm new to e-books and for a travel guide, Ithink most readers like flipping through or going for one part oif the book to another which is hard in an e-format. Next time I get a travel book, I will probably buy the hard back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By catzindogz on October 23, 2014
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This is the premier Vegas travel book. Tells you in detail about every aspect of the city. As for the book being homophobic as the previous reviewer claims? Get serious. That was one comment from a 550 page tome. If I were a female traveler interested in that particular show I would be grateful for the information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin B. Long on November 20, 2014
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I thought this guide was a very helpful resource while planning a trip to Las Vegas! There were so many Restaurants, Tips, Travel Accommodations and activities listed. We had a hard time deciding what to do first! Excellent Purchase!
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By Amazon Queen on October 31, 2014
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Too focused on hotels.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack R. Rivers on October 5, 2014
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I thought it was ok until I read the review on "Thunder from Down Under" in which they state that their reviewer "got the impression that the men of Thunder might prefer each other over the hundreds of women in the audience" and that "this might diminish the enjoyment of some". What the check does that mean? We're they making out on stage? You're implying they are gay (how do you know this?) but don't have the guts to come out and say this. Also, news flash, a LOT of the entertainers in Vegas (and everywhere else) are gay. If you are going to warn people about gay entertainers you may as well warn them about every show they might see up to and including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
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