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A solid, well-researched account of the years Anthony Spilotro was the Chicago Outfit's enforcer in Las Vegas. -- Sunrise View, May 16, 2006<br /><br />Dennis N. Griffin uses all of his investigative and interviewing skills to bring this fascinating story to his readers. -- Rome Sentinel, July 22, 2006<br /><br />If you want to know about Las Vegas in the mob days, this book says it all. A great read. -- Tru Hawkins, KDWN Radio, April 2, 2006<br /><br />No punches are pulled in this hard-hitting account of some of the most vicious men to ever walk the earth. --Salem-News.com, August 13, 2006

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Â"Tony Spilotro was the organized crime kingpin in Las Vegas for several years. I was a cop there at the time, and was in charge of the police department during four of the most eventful years. The Battle for Las Vegas tells it like it was, and is a story long past due. Even though I was part of those times, I still have trouble believing it actually happened.Â"

Sheriff John McCarthy, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (retired)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Press (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929712374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929712376
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like most new things, Las Vegas had growing pains as aptly depicted in THE BATTLE FOR LAS VEGAS.

We have all heard of Bugsy Siegel and on the other side, Eliot Ness...but how many are familiar with the likes of Tony...The Ant...Spilotro? There is speculation as to how Spilotro got his nickname...some think it was a shortened version of his given name...others thought it was due to his stature. However the name The Ant came about, he is introduced to us in this exciting portrayal of how Sin City was steeped in not only sin but greed as well.

From murder to skimming to prostitution, this account tells it all. We meet the city officials as well as the law enforcement personnel who were `in the pockets' of these crooks. The general Las Vegas public appeared to be more obsessed with prostitution than they were with the mobs. There is a theory that most mob crime is mob upon mob and the average citizen would not feel the tentacles of this corrupt octopus. The public was so concerned with the sex crimes that they voted out their Sheriff, McCarthy, who went after the mob with a vengeance.

I would like to see the movie Casino once again now that I can put names to the characters with a much better understanding of who they are...thanks to Dennis Griffin.

If you'd like a vivid portrayal of how Las Vegas was tamed, be sure to put this on your reading list.
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Excellent, well-written and well-researched book. The book outlines the mobs' local crew under Tony Spilotro efforts to squeeze Las Vegas dry for their own purposes as well as the skim for their handlers in the midwest. The movie CASINO parallels this story. The movie presented law enforcement as country-bumpkins that, when unable to use effective law enforcement tactics, resorted to politics to interdict the mob. Griffin does a yeoman's job in showing that police/FBI were NOT ineffective and DID prevail. They prevailed, with hands tied in some cases, because they were intelligent and brave men that never gave up.
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The criminals of Las Vegas have always been one of my guilty pleasures. It somehow seems "American" that a flat patch of desert could be turned into one of the premier destinations in the world, and it could really only have been put together by criminals. I am always on the lookout for good accounts of the start and growth of Las Vegas, and even if they repeat previously written information, I usually still enjoy them.

=== The Good Stuff ===

* Dennis Griffin has a nice ability to tell a story from multiple sides. Any event in Vegas looks different depending on if you are a politician, law enforcement office, tourist, gambler, casino employee, casino owner, or mobster, and Griffin captures the viewpoints of most of them.

* While we normally consider improper behavior to be the trademark of Las Vegas mobsters, Griffin also takes us through the foibles and corruption of politicians, judges, law enforcement and even casino owners. For the most part, these profiles seem fairly honest, and not at all sensationalized or sugar-coated. The reporting and reference standard seems to be about the same as a large newspaper.

* Griffin writes is an easy-to-read style, again reminding me of a newspaper. He seems to do a credible job with facts, and includes information for a variety of official and unofficial sources.

=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===

* My biggest complaint is the book is all trees, and no forest. For example, there are numerous details of how the "skimming" operation worked, but all these details were of very low-level actions. The reader is given details of how the money was stuffed into a bag, what color the bag was, and even how the bag made it from Las Vegas to the mid-west.
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This book reads more like a history lesson. Although it was informative, I just didn't get into any of the characters. It seemed very impersonal.
The time line jumped around quite a bit as well, as the author chose to write the chapters according to subject matter, more than time line.
I prefer books that tell the history while getting you engaged with the characters and therefore, the story.
This was not a page turner...
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This is the book that explains in wonderful detail, how the Mob came to control Las Vegas and what they did to lose it so quickly.

it also tells the tale of the Law Enforcement coming of age at the same time. Its growth problems and going from a small town to being a big city and dealing with the big city problems it had caused.

No real telling of Las vegas history would ever be complete without this book.

Denny writes in a unique style that grabs your attention and tells you what it was like. Not boring, yet filled with details and stories from the FBI, Metro and the Mob.
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This book chronicles inter alia the corruption and in-fighting of law enforcement in Vegas during the 70's and 80's when the Feds and Metro finally got on the same team against the Chicago mob, and put a major dent in it. In the end, the mob pre-empted the law and did a little house cleaning of its own. This is the real story of the people upon which CASINO was based. Many of them played themselves in cameo roles for the movie. Written by an ex-cop it has a certain Dragnet style, but worth reading for sure.
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