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The Man Who Invented Las Vegas

Author : W. R. Wilkerson
ISBN : 0967664306
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 1946, two men battled for power in Las Vegas. Bugsy Siegel stole Billy Wilkerson's dream of a luxury hotel in the desert, and died in a hail of bullets. Although Billy lived on for many years, he never spoke of the man some believe was murdered for stealing his dream. Now, in this compelling First Edition, Billy's son uncovers the secrets behind the Flamingo Hotel and the death of Bugsy Siegel.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Haunted Las Vegas

Author : Paul W. Papa
ISBN : 9780762789108
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 74.96 MB
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Famous phantoms, strange occurrences, unique places, and the ghoulish faces of Sin City What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas . . . including the ghosts, unexplained phenomena, and other spooky happenings. The strip is much more than bright lights, gambling, wild shows, and quick marriage ceremonies. Haunted Las Vegas reveals the true mysteries of Sin City and brings the old legends to life in a chilling way. The Flamingo: Listed as one of the ten most haunted sites in America by the Wall Street Journal, the Flamingo Hotel is home to the ghost of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. A known gangster, Bugsy is often called the man who invented Las Vegas. Even though he was killed in Hollywood, his ghost reportedly lives at the Flamingo. The Demon Swing: In the dead of the night, many people reportedly see smoke or mist surrounding Fox Ridge Park, home of the boy ghost on the demon swing. It is unknown how his ghost ended up in the park, but beware of this unfriendly boy—he is known to push people off the swings.
Category: Fiction

Col William N Selig The Man Who Invented Hollywood

Author : Andrew A. Erish
ISBN : 9780292742697
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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All histories of Hollywood are wrong. Why? Two words: Colonel Selig. This early pioneer laid the foundation for the movie industry that we know today. Active from 1896 to 1938, William N. Selig was responsible for an amazing series of firsts, including the first two-reel narrative film and the first two-hour narrative feature made in America; the first American movie serial with cliffhanger endings; the first westerns filmed in the West with real cowboys and Indians; the creation of the jungle-adventure genre; the first horror film in America; the first successful American newsreel (made in partnership with William Randolph Hearst); and the first permanent film studio in Los Angeles. Selig was also among the first to cultivate extensive international exhibition of American films, which created a worldwide audience and contributed to American domination of the medium. In this book, Andrew Erish delves into the virtually untouched Selig archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Library to tell the fascinating story of this unjustly forgotten film pioneer. He traces Selig’s career from his early work as a traveling magician in the Midwest, to his founding of the first movie studio in Los Angeles in 1909, to his landmark series of innovations that still influence the film industry. As Erish recounts the many accomplishments of the man who first recognized that Southern California is the perfect place for moviemaking, he convincingly demonstrates that while others have been credited with inventing Hollywood, Colonel Selig is actually the one who most deserves that honor.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Short History Of Las Vegas

Author : Barbara Land
ISBN : 087417564X
Genre : History
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Today's Las Vegas Welcomes 35 million visitors a year and reigns as the world's premier gaming city. But it is much more than a gambling paradise. In A Short History of Las Vagas, Barbara and Myrick Land reveal a fascinating history beyond the mobsters, casinos, and showgirls. The Lands present a complete story, beginning with southern Nevada's indigenous peoples and the earliest explorers to the first pioneers to settle in the area; from the importance of the railroad and the construction of Hoover Dam to the arrival of the Mob after World War II; from the first isolated resorts to appear in the dusty desert to the upscale, extravagant theme resorts of today. Las Vegas-and its history-is full of surprises. The second edition of this lively history includes details of the latest developments and describes the growing anticipation surrounding the Las Vegas centennial celebration in 2005. New chapters focus on the recent implosions of famous old structures and the construction of glamorous now developments headline-making mergers and multibillion-dollar deals involving famous Strip properties; and a concluding look at what life is like for the nearly two million residents who call La
Category: History

Las Vegas History According To Mary

Author : Mary Roberts
ISBN : 9781469168685
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 55.67 MB
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After living in Las Vegas for 43 years I've come to realize that local people are unique, like no one else. They live in a 24 hour city with every temptation known to man at their fingertips. They try to lead a normal life, but it's possible. They have to cope with it as well as they can. I should know. I have been swept up into the bright lights many times. Unlike many of the characters in this book, I am a survivor. People outside Las Vegas are intrigued with this outlook on life, pouring into the city to have a little "wallow in the mud", as the French call it. The French recognize that there is something inside us that makes us want to do something naughty. We just can't help it. Las Vegasns live very close to mud. Put it all together and you have Little Sins in Sin City. This book is full of little stories about little sins. Some of them begin in other parts of the world, yet end up in our world famous Las Vegas. The sins don't need to be pointed out. You will recognize them.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Agent Of Vega And Other Stories

Author : James H. Schmitz
ISBN : 9781618243126
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
File Size : 60.4 MB
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Espionage and Intrigue in the Far Reaches of the Galaxy from the Creator of Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee The Galaxy was not a nice neighborhood, and most would have laid bets that the Vegan Confederacy was too small and weak to survive, let along prosper. But prosper it did, to the bewilderment of observers, who didn't know about the Vegans' secret weapon. Once, the Galactic Empire had spanned the stars and when it crumbled and fell, star systems were isolated, some barely surviving, many becoming tyrannical feifdoms, others turning to piracy, and all of them often at war with each other. The Confederacy didn't have huge space armadas, and millions of troops to protect itself and re-civilize its neighbors, but it did have the Zone agents. Few outside the top echelons of the Confederacy even knew that they existed, and even fewer had an inkling of how the agents time and again could appear on the spot just when a push in the right place could stop a war, topple a despot, or thwart an invasion of unfriendly aliens. Their numbers were pitifully few, and they had to patrol vast stretches of space. They were helped by their ships, bristling with hidden armament and piloted by robot brains of high intelligence. But their main weapon was that the minds of their opponents were open books to them. Not all of the Agents of Vega were human, but they were the most powerful telepaths the Galaxy had ever known . . . At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). "Take my advice and buy TWO copies of this book! You'll want to lend it to friends and (trust me on this: I have years of experience to back up the observation) once people get their hands on a Schmitz book, they don't let go!" - Janet Kagan, Hugo-Winner and author of Uhura's Song "Wonderfully fresh imagination." -The Horn Book
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Bulletin

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ISBN : UCSC:32106009056851
Genre : Sydney (N.S.W.)
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ISBN : STANFORD:36105002477755
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A Man For All Markets

Author : Edward O Thorp
ISBN : 9781786070296
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 57.7 MB
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Mathematics professor. Professional gambler. Tech inventor. Hedge fund heavyweight. Bestselling author. One of a kind. Edward O Thorp worked his way up from nothing to become a professor at MIT. Using one of their early computers for his calculations, he invented card counting, making huge winnings at blackjack, roulette and baccarat in Las Vegas and brushing shoulders with mobsters along the way. Thorp then went on to Wall Street, where he began a hugely successful career in the stock market, attracting the attention of global investors such as Warren Buffett. He used statistical techniques to find and exploit pricing anomalies in the securities markets and built a significant fortune, earning him the nickname 'The Godfather of Quants'. For the first time, Thorp shares his incredible life story, explaining how he made his money and giving advice to the next generation of investors.
Category: Business & Economics

Hollywood Godfather

Author : W. R. Wilkerson
ISBN : 9781613736630
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is the definitive biography of the most powerful man in Hollywood during the 1930s, '40s and '50s, the man who founded the Hollywood Reporter and the most storied nightspots of the Sunset Strip, introduced Clark Gable and Lana Turner to the world, invented Las Vegas, brought the Mafia to Hollywood, engineered the shakedown of Hollywood studios by Willie Bioff and his mob-run unions, was possibly involved in the murder of Bugsy Siegel, started the Hollywood blacklist, and helped destroy the studio system. Perhaps nobody in Hollywood history has ever ruined so many careers and done so much damage to the industry as Billy Wilkerson. Yet there has never been a solid biography of the man. Billy's son, William R. Wilkerson III, has done tremendous research on his father, interviewing over decades everyone who knew him best, and portrays him beautifully (and damningly) in this book.
Category: Biography & Autobiography