The money and the power : the making of Las Vegas and its hold on America

Please read the book in advance of the meeting and we will discuss the book at the meeting.

here's the review:

Las Vegas–the name evokes images of divorce and dice, prostitutes and payoffs, gangsters and glitz. But beneath it all is a sordid history that is much more insidious and far-reaching than ever imagined. Now, at the dawn of the new century, this neon maelstrom of ruthlessness and greed stands to not as an aberrant “sin city,” but as a natural outgrowth of the corruption and worship of money that have come to permeate American life.

The Money and the Power is the most comprehensive look yet at Las Vegas and its breadth of influence. Based on five years of intensive research and interviewing, Sally Denton and Roger Morris reveal the city’s historic network of links to Wall Street, international drug traffickers, and the CIA. In doing so, they expose the disturbing connections amongst politicians, businessmen, and the criminals that harness these illegal activities. Through this lucid and gripping indictment of Las Vegas, Morris and Denton uncover a national ethic of exploitation, violence, and greed, and provide a provocative reinterpretation of twentieth-century American history.

by Sally Denton and Roger Morris

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  • A former member
    A former member

    the table is booked for 6:45, I will try to get there a little early. here are the discussion questions:

    January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to make a reservation with the restaurant. Please check your RSVP and update it if necessary. I am just writing the discussion questions. I don't think you HAVE to finish the book to contribute to the discussion, but you will have to have given it a good try, and you will need a good knowledge of American politics from the 50s and 60s if you haven't read it.

    January 5, 2013

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