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The War at the Shore: Donald Trump, Steve Wynn, and the Epic Battle to Save Atlantic City 1st Edition

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"Two powerful personalities clash in this first-hand account of Steve Wynn's bid to open a new casino on Donald Trump's turf. An engaging insider's account of the down-and-dirty machinations that go into high-stakes real estate development."--Kirkus

"War at the Shore is a great look inside why Wynn left Atlantic City the second time, and provides a good perspective in general on the political and deal-making (not design side) of casino development." -- David G. Schwartz

About the Author

Richard D. Bronson is the Chairman and Founder of U.S. Digital Gaming. Bronson has also been one of the nation’s leading commercial real estate developers, with the successful development of over 100 properties, including casino hotels, shopping centers, and office buildings. In addition to his involvement with numerous charitable organizations, Bronson serves on the Board of Directors of Starwood Property Trust. He lives in Beverly Hills, CA.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468300466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468300468
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I could not put this book down. I literally stayed up all night and read it cover-to-cover.

Despite a prolific, accomplished career as a real estate developer and senior executive at one of the most successful and impactful gaming companies ever, Skip Bronson is self-made, and it is his humility that allows him to tell his story in such a gripping, captivating, and compelling way that it slowly pulls you in.

You are in the trenches with Skip, (and Mirage Entertainment's Steve Wynn!) as he does battle as the underdog, against the 800 pound gorilla Donald Trump, who is one of the fiercest (and also one of the dirtiest) adversaries whose tactics anyone has ever documented in the popular business press.

It would be easy to pen a self-serving, ego-centric bio that personalizes those epic battles and oversimplifies the world into good and evil. Instead, Bronson provides a thoughtful analysis from a business perspective, while bringing you into the ring as he battles the corrupt and double-crossing politicians, negotiates with neighborhood activists, and mobilizes his team for an all-out battle to build a casino in Atlantic City.

You will not look at Donald Trump the same way again. A must read!
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As someone who worked with Skip (albeit peripherally) in the Hartford, Bridgeport and Providence casino attempts, I was not quite sure what to expect from Skip the author. But I was pleasantly surprised. The stories about the CT and RI casinos were tons of fun for me to read and brought back all sorts of memories. However, you do not have to be an insider to enjoy this book. I had no involvement in the Atlantic City process (which is most of the book) and I found it incredibly interesting, very well paced, humorous in many ways and very informative. Skip has truly given an insider's tour of the casino-approval process, with all of its interesting characters and continually frustrating processes. What I perhaps enjoyed most of all was the bluntness and sometimes brutal honesty of his assessments and experiences. He says the stuff we all think but are afraid to say. I read this book in one evening - not only because it is not overly long, but because it was so interesting and it drew me in - I truly wanted to find out what happened in Atlantic City.
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This is a a workmanlike telling of an interesting story. The author seems like a relatively straight shooter, though a bit self-promotional. Some of the stories seem mostly name drops. But all in all, not bad.
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Two of my favorite charters going man to man against each other, this is how real life is about in business. Lots of drama and a must read for those who like gambling, business, Wynn, Trump and Atlantic City.. this is real life
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this was an intriguing story, told through the eyes of the author about the battle between Donald Trump and Steve Wynn. gives a lot of great insight and keeps you hooked throughout the entire book. highly recommended.
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Quite an interesting story about the gambling 'mecca" that Atlantic City is not. Unfortunately the author is an insecure guy and it gets in the way of his good story telling and reporting. Do we need to know that his wife was a top SNLL photographer who was heir to the Baskin Robbins fortune. Also some of his personal story sound fishy: he grew up in a Hartford housing project but was a childhood friend of Senator to be Chris Dodd? Do tell.

He also glosses over the mob ties in all this. Example Mrs Paul McCartney's (Beatles fame) father has/had some very complex mob ties with his trucking biz. But quibbles major and minor aside (and there are many) the story is a primer on how politics and business work and don't. And there is some real drama and emotion. Unftunately it is about the low life gambling biz and the sleaze of it oozes out between the lines.

Did I add that with NY legalizing 7 casinois Atlantic City is about to go bust with gambling down way down for the past few years. AC is about to be what it has been for 40 years: a slum and gambling and the creepy politics allied with it only kinda enriched themselves. The City itself is likely doomed.

But a good read most of the time
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I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It is fascinating to get an insider's perspective on what it takes to accomplish extraordinary things. This book will make you dream big and not give up even when the chips are down. Enjoy!
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Steve Wynn gave "The Donald" an ass kicking when they went to war in Atlantic City.:
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