Sharks in the Desert
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"Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas" offers the complete saga of Las Vegas from its beginnings as Mecca for the mob to today's corporate raiders. It describes the people, the intrigues, and the cons that go beyond anything William Shakespeare conceived even on his most-imaginative day.

"Sharks in the Desert" tells of the men and women who have made their fortunes in the casino business. By comparison, the fortunes derived from casino control dwarf those of the Rockefellers, Carnegies, and Vanderbilts of the last two centuries.

There have been many movies, television specials and feature newspaper and magazine articles glamorizing the city some describe as "Disneyland for grown-ups." This book washes away the fairy tale myths surrounding the people who own and run Las Vegas and tells who they are and how they got where they are today.

Prize-winning columnist John L. Smith was destined to write "Sharks in the Desert." He has tracked the mobsters and moguls for years. He has harvested his wide knowledge and inside contacts with lawmen and the lawless to produce this epic volume.