- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; F First Edition edition (September 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610394186
- ISBN-13: 978-1610394185
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal DataLifeblood of Big Businessand the End of Privacy as We Know It Hardcover – September 2, 2014
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[A] very readable account about our disappearing privacy
What Stays in Vegas is both readable and entertaining, and in a similar manner as Michael Lewis's writings, Tanner provides interesting stories about the people and companies that are now so directly involved in our personal lives.” Winnipeg Free Press
I would recommend the Tanner book with the excellent title of What Stays in Vegas.” Inside Higher Ed
A compelling read on what companies are doing, how they get our information, what they do with it, and how some business approaches are more respectful of privacy than others” Irish Times
Tanner illustrates his arguments with a traditional, vivid example from the business and entertainment world: Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Tanner weaves this example into a gripping account of the modern direct-marketing industry In this fascinating look at the dazzling if suffocating domain of digital information gathering, Tanner concludes that it is returning us to a world of farms and villages, where intimate details of everyone's lives were public knowledge.”Kirkus Reviews, *starred* review
[A] masterpiece...Tanner's book is one of the best business books written this year; in fact, it is one of the best business books in this century. It reminds me of Joe Nocera's first book, A Piece of the Action, in that it combines detailed knowledge of his subject matter with an excellent writing style, countless personal interviews and observations of events.” Don McNay, Huffington Post
What Stays in Vegasis an engrossing, story-packed takedown of the data industry What Stays in Vegas offers a narrative that transforms Big Data from spreadsheet-dull to a racy read people will pay attention to.” Financial Times
The book provides an insider's look at the business of assembling, packaging and reselling data, and it uses glittery Las Vegas to show that kind of information at work.” Dina Temple-Raston, Washington Post
Mr. Tanner's engaging book is realistic.” Marc Levinson, Wall Street Journal
"Although What Stays in Vegas' starts with insights gained from casino data, the book is even more interesting when it delves into the occasionally questionable practices of other businesses that use personal data for profit.” Kim Ukura, Madison (WI) Capital Times
Although What Stays in Vegas starts with insights gained from casino data, the book is even more interesting when it delves into the occasionally questionable practices of other businesses that use personal data for profit.” Capital Times, (Madison (WI)
Data may be to the 21st century economy what oil was to the 20th, a hugely valuable asset essential to economic life and often a source of conflict. This entertaining yet deeply informative book is a great guide to what has, or hasn't, happened and to what lies ahead.” Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, & President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University
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Should we be put off by the fact that Caesars ultimately filed for bankruptcy? I say "no." That outcome was more a reflection of peak-LBO overreach by owners Apollo and TPG rather than any failings by the Loveman team. The level of debt service required post buyout just never made a lot of sense. And, any proposed trajectory to profitability were supremely and fully wrecked by global financial crisis of 2008/09.
Other standout parts of the book are the passages concerning the various businesses that have sprung up around collecting and using personal information. I especially liked Tanner's reporting on Busted Mugshots, whose aggressive business model centers around collecting and posting jail photos, then removing them for a fee. Though clearly demonstrating a distaste for the practice, Tanner credits Busted for "becoming a leader in a field where the major players typically stay hidden, their stories unknown...[founder Kyle] Prall at least had the courage to tell his story in depth and in plain sight, unlike most of the others who traffic in damaging personal data." Indeed, Tanner's pages spent with Prall make for fascinating reading.
I thought it was well written, and the narrative held together.
Don't read this if you are feeling paranoid!