Las Vegas Babylon

Las Vegas Babylon

True Tales of Glitter, Glamour, and Greed

Book - 2005
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upside down by Las Vegas' temptations. With fast-paced and entertaining prose, Burbank captures the true stories from Las Vegas' seedy underbelly that have led to America's 100-year fascination with the aptly-named Sin City."--BOOK JACKET.
heroin deal just before his death; The Doors singer Jim Morrison's arrest for fighting on the Strip; comic Lenny Bruce's hilarious on-stage run-in with singer Pearl Bailey; the Vegas drug store that sent drugs and syringes to Elvis Presley almost anywhere he wanted; and the hookers who trick-rolled comedian Tommy Smothers in his Strip hotel room." "Also featured are the stories of everyday people - casino workers, small business people, and random travelers - who found their lives turned
recounting never before heard tales of the mobsters who made Vegas what is today." "But mobsters aren't the only ones with skeletons in Las Vegas' closet. Over the years, Hollywood stars have had their share of the limelight. Burbank has uncovered the many fateful, and often amusing, incidents that have befallen the glamorous and here he recalls the details of the darkest moments in the lives of the famous and foolish: such as Marilyn Monroe's quickie divorce; boxer Sonny Liston's secret
"What happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas and the proof is in this compilation of stories chronicling decades of decadence, celebrity shenanigans, and political corruption, as well as the glitz and glamour of the casinos that pass for everyday life in Las Vegas." "Underneath the city's present success lies many infamous tales of excess and debauchery. Using new information from recently released FBI documents, Jeff Burbank brings to life the Vegas mob in its heyday,
Publisher: New York : M. Evans, c2005
ISBN: 1590770900
Branch Call Number: 979.3135 BUR
Characteristics: xviii, 280 p., [19] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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habby31 Nov 28, 2012

Pretty poorly written book with a bunch of stories that are mostly covered elsewhere in other books. Las Vegas is one of the most exciting cities in the world...how did this writer make it so boring at times? Wanted to love this book...ended up pretty disappointed and glad it was over.

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