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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468300466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468300468
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Two powerful personalities clash in this first-hand account of Steve Wynn's bid to open a new casino on Donald Trump's turf. An engaging insider's account of the down-and-dirty machinations that go into high-stakes real estate development."--Kirkus

"War at the Shore is a great look inside why Wynn left Atlantic City the second time, and provides a good perspective in general on the political and deal-making (not design side) of casino development." -- David G. Schwartz

About the Author

Richard D. Bronson is the Chairman and Founder of U.S. Digital Gaming. Bronson has also been one of the nation’s leading commercial real estate developers, with the successful development of over 100 properties, including casino hotels, shopping centers, and office buildings. In addition to his involvement with numerous charitable organizations, Bronson serves on the Board of Directors of Starwood Property Trust. He lives in Beverly Hills, CA.

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Reads like you are hanging out with the author while he tells you this story.
Mark R Wojtowicz Jr
I love Wynn and Trump is such a nut job, but reading about their war is super fascinating, as is the author's stories about life working for Mirage Resorts.
Robert Grunnah
The stories about the CT and RI casinos were tons of fun for me to read and brought back all sorts of memories.
Susan A. Hays

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evan F on August 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I could not put this book down. I literally stayed up all night and read it cover-to-cover.

Despite a prolific, accomplished career as a real estate developer and senior executive at one of the most successful and impactful gaming companies ever, Skip Bronson is self-made, and it is his humility that allows him to tell his story in such a gripping, captivating, and compelling way that it slowly pulls you in.

You are in the trenches with Skip, (and Mirage Entertainment's Steve Wynn!) as he does battle as the underdog, against the 800 pound gorilla Donald Trump, who is one of the fiercest (and also one of the dirtiest) adversaries whose tactics anyone has ever documented in the popular business press.

It would be easy to pen a self-serving, ego-centric bio that personalizes those epic battles and oversimplifies the world into good and evil. Instead, Bronson provides a thoughtful analysis from a business perspective, while bringing you into the ring as he battles the corrupt and double-crossing politicians, negotiates with neighborhood activists, and mobilizes his team for an all-out battle to build a casino in Atlantic City.

You will not look at Donald Trump the same way again. A must read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Hays on July 27, 2012
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As someone who worked with Skip (albeit peripherally) in the Hartford, Bridgeport and Providence casino attempts, I was not quite sure what to expect from Skip the author. But I was pleasantly surprised. The stories about the CT and RI casinos were tons of fun for me to read and brought back all sorts of memories. However, you do not have to be an insider to enjoy this book. I had no involvement in the Atlantic City process (which is most of the book) and I found it incredibly interesting, very well paced, humorous in many ways and very informative. Skip has truly given an insider's tour of the casino-approval process, with all of its interesting characters and continually frustrating processes. What I perhaps enjoyed most of all was the bluntness and sometimes brutal honesty of his assessments and experiences. He says the stuff we all think but are afraid to say. I read this book in one evening - not only because it is not overly long, but because it was so interesting and it drew me in - I truly wanted to find out what happened in Atlantic City.
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By Home office on October 18, 2013
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This is a a workmanlike telling of an interesting story. The author seems like a relatively straight shooter, though a bit self-promotional. Some of the stories seem mostly name drops. But all in all, not bad.
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By Nick Dianni on June 18, 2013
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this was an intriguing story, told through the eyes of the author about the battle between Donald Trump and Steve Wynn. gives a lot of great insight and keeps you hooked throughout the entire book. highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Whitman on July 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It is fascinating to get an insider's perspective on what it takes to accomplish extraordinary things. This book will make you dream big and not give up even when the chips are down. Enjoy!
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Two of my favorite charters going man to man against each other, this is how real life is about in business. Lots of drama and a must read for those who like gambling, business, Wynn, Trump and Atlantic City.. this is real life
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I got the book from a friend and promised to read it. But what a great story. I could not put it down and can only recommend it.
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By ARTHUR SIEGEL on October 9, 2014
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Steve Wynn gave "The Donald" an ass kicking when they went to war in Atlantic City.:
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