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In The Desert Of Desire: Las Vegas And The Culture Of Spectacle Hardcover – August 19, 2005
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"In the Desert of Desire is a remarkable book. It deserves a wide readership, especially among students and scholars concerned with tourism, spectacle, and the American West. It should be required reading for those concerned with Las Vegas." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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"In a nutshell, Fox says what happens here doesn't necessarily stay here." --Ken White, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"It is an interesting and fascinating examination of the role Vegas continues to play in culture as well as an interesting travel guide with a definite point of view." --Salt Lake Tribune
"...a remarkable book. It deserves a wide readership, especially among students and scholars concerned with tourism, spectacle, and the American West. It should be required reading for those concerned with Las Vegas." --C. Richard King, Journal of the West --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I was intrigued to discover that the post office made a mistake with the most recent Statue of Liberty stamps. Instead of the Lady Liberty who stands in New York Harbor, they mistakenly replicated the fake Statue of Liberty from the Las Vegas casino New York New York.
What is real? After 9/11, people left tons of flowers and offerings at the casino, as if it were not just a Hollywood style representation but a magical link to the real Big Apple.
William L. Fox writes, in his book about Vegas IN THE DESERT OF DESIRE, "The Hanging Gardens (of Babylon) were the world's first known theme park-that is, an attraction meant to distract people from reality by representing in miniature another environment for them to enter."
No wonder I like things like the Taj Mahal built out of sugar cubes. Or a snow globe of southern Florida with flamingos. Or white confetti falling on the tiny Manhattan skyline.
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