From Library Journal
This is a detailed history of Searchlight, Nevada, located some 60 miles south of Las Vegas. Though Searchlight is a small town in the high Mojave Desert, it can serve as a metaphor for the modern West. Boom, bust, boom again typifies the West as we've known it in the 20th century. Searchlight started out a mining town, boomed with the construction of rail and highway routes, floundered when the mines ran out and the interstate bypassed it, and boomed again with legalized gambling, prostitution, population influx from Southern California, retirement housing and retirees, and a new road from Las Vegas to Laughlin. It never once failed, as the subtitle states?all because of the people who made up its soul, claims the author, a senator from Nevada. His affection for his birthplace is evident throughout, and he has managed to conduct and present scholarly research while serving as a full-time senator. Recommended for all Western history collections in academic and public libraries.?Thomas K. Fry, Univ. of Denver
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“People who think history is dry and boring will receive a lesson to the contrary with Harry Reid’s loving tribute to his hometown, Searchlight, Nevada.<br> --Bisbee (Ariz.) Pay Dirt<br> <br> “Reid has written of an era in Nevada history that has not been fully touched on prior to this, and his book covers an important segment of the history of the West.<br> --Journal of the West<br> <br> “Senator Reid’s narrative of the rise and fall of Searchlight . . . adds grist to the mill of historians engaged in studying the developmental phases of several Nevada mining camps. . . . The book is a good read and an important document on Nevada’s recent history.<br> --International California Mining Journal<br> <br> <br> <br>