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The Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. The Mob Paperback – July 1, 2006
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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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=== 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. But there are few details of the impact on the casino, the loss of tax revenue to the state of Nevada and the loss of profits to investors, and no real mention of impact on the city of Las Vegas as a whole. There is no detail on the level of return the skim provided to organized crime. Did the casinos even pay their way with the mob, once all the expenses are added up.
* Similarly, much of the text of the book is much like a newspaper report- one that lists lots of names, dates, places and actions, but little analysis of what is really going on. As an example, we see the mob gain, and then lose control of many casinos, but no real explanation of how it happened. Did law enforcement finally make it too expensive and dangerous a place for mob-run business? Did modern, well-managed entertainment conglomerates simply put the smaller mom and pop casinos out of the game? Of did the mob get bored and disillusioned, and decide that there was easier money to be made elsewhere? The book steps over questions like these and concentrates on who planted how many car bombs.
=== Summary ===
I am a fan of the subject matter, so I was probably more forgiving about the book's flaws that I should have been. I did enjoy the book, but I found many of the limitations to be serious, and the book does have a tendency to get drawn up in so much detail as to lose the plot. Quite simply, it is hard to make the organized crime side of Vegas to be mundane and boring, but this book accomplishes it.
This is the Vegas that was dominated by Mob interest in 'The Battle for Las Vegas".
The book is well written and holds your interest throughout, although a bit too often it lags when discussing minor characters or other related personalities. But it is at its best when detailing the crimes and lifestyle of certain criminal residents, especially Tony Spilotro and Frank Rosenthal. And don't forget Oscar Goodman, who I have met several times, and seems to be a good guy. Allen Glick reminds me of a city attorney for a city I worked for, and he apparently had similar morals and pitfalls as well. But, I didn't know Glick lived in La Jolla, a suburb of my home town San Diego.
If you haven'y yet watched the movie "Casino", you might do so before or after you read this book. From all accounts and reviews I have read, along worth talking to some older Vegas residents, the movie was pretty close to the way things actually were.
Well worth reading. Highly recommended.
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...