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Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture (Culture America (Hardcover)) Hardcover – April 4, 2013
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"The book is packed with information and makes a valuable contribution to the growing literature on Las Vegas. Gragg’s research is impressive and his writing is lively. In short, this volume provides the best survey yet of how the Strip and the city have been depicted in American pop culture and how the iconic figures who appeared in its showrooms reinforced Las Vegas’s self-proclaimed status as the "entertainment capital of the world."—Pacific Historical Review
"Bright Light City brims with insights into the enduring appeal of an ever-changing Las Vegas. Perhaps even more impressive than the breadth of his research is Larry Gragg’s flair for grounding popular imagery in the historical and cultural context necessary to fully comprehend its origin and impact."—Alicia Barber, author of Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City
"Everything you ever wanted to know about Las Vegas. A meticulously researched tribute to America’s most Idiosyncratic city."—Vincent Brook, author of Land of Smoke and Mirrors: A Cultural History of Los Angeles
About the Author
Larry Gragg is Curators’ Teaching Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. For the past two decades he has made an annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas and wistfully echoes a familiar sentiment: “The reason I like Las Vegas is because it’s almost all the things that I am not.” He is the author of six other books, most recently John F. Kennedy: A Biography.
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