When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem and Murder 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0977065804
- ISBN-13 : 978-0977065806
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.62 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Berkline Press; 1st Edition (October 13, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #716,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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=== The Good Stuff ===
* A book like this is only as good as the research that goes into it. I found quite a bit of the material in the book to agree with what I had read elsewhere, although there was some material that was new to me. Some of that material seems more believable than other parts, but that is probably the nature of the beast. It is not as if you can go to the Stardust archive at the Sam Giancana Library and read the file.
* Fischer gives a reasonably comprehensive overview of the history of early Las Vegas. He takes us through the conception, financing, construction and operations of many of the early hotel/casinos, and gives us an introduction to the management teams.
=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===
* Some of the fact checking was a little suspect. I realize the nature of Las Vegas mob stories makes for difficult research, but there were at least a few instances where the book disagrees with published material. For example, Fischer describes how Robert Maheu would greet his boss, Howard Hughes, at a Las Vegas train station. Just about all published sources, including Maheu's own writing, indicate that the two men never met. A small detail? Maybe, but one that is generally well known to Las Vegas fans.
* Fischer writes in a very informal style, with plenty of parenthetical expressions, interjections, and commentary built in. Normally I don't mind this, but at times he gets a bit carried away and it becomes distracting. Also his writing style occasionally lapses into groups of short, choppy sentences which I find annoying to read.
* Parts of the book, especially the end, are nothing more than the Author's recollections of his earlier experiences at several hotels. These were somewhat interesting, but really didn't go well with the rest of the book.
=== Summary ===
The book was OK, but I was not enamored with it. It was a nice collection of stories, however some did not seem particularly well verified or checked against existing published accounts. If you are a real Vegas fan, the book is worth the couple hours it took to read because it has some unique information. But if you are only going to read one or two books on the subject, there are better books out there.
Top reviews from other countries
This is frustrating but acceptable, I suppose, because the author is an enthusiast rather than a professional writer. I would still recommend this book.