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Winner Takes All: Wynn, Kerkorian, Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas | [Christina Binkley]

Winner Takes All: Wynn, Kerkorian, Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas

Steve Wynn. Kirk Kerkorian. Dr. Gary Loveman. The first two are world-famous for their flamboyant, often outrageous efforts to dominate Las Vegas. But it's the third - an economist from Harvard Business School, unknown even to most of the guests at his high-profile casinos - who may now have the most impact.
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Publisher's Summary

An unprecedented up-close-and-personal look at the trio of tycoons whose high-stakes gambles, in business, make Sin City soar: Steve Wynn. Kirk Kerkorian, and Dr. Gary Loveman.

The first two are world-famous for their flamboyant, often outrageous efforts to dominate Las Vegas. But it's the third - an economist from Harvard Business School, unknown even to most of the guests at his high-profile casinos - who may now have the most impact.

In Winner Takes All, Christina Binkley, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explores how these three magnates are building a bigger and better Las Vegas and how their influence is spreading beyond the city's borders.

Meet the winners:

  • Steve Wynn is the visionary behind the Mirage, the Bellagio, and the $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas. Loud and passionate, with a tragic backstory - a world-renowned art collector, he is slowly going blind from retinitis pigmentosa - Wynn is often called the architect of modern Las Vegas.
  • Kirk Kerkorian, who is in his late 80s, is a shy, sly tactician, but his status as a billionaire dealmaker who owns half the strip - and his history as nemesis to Howard Hughes - keeps him in the forefront of Las Vegas wheeling and dealing.
  • Dr. Gary Loveman, the CEO of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., represents a new, more populist future for Las Vegas, one in which gamblers will be carefully culled from databases rather than lured by flash. Loveman approaches the city as though it were a Harvard case study. On the verge of becoming Las Vegas' - and possibly the world's - biggest gambling titan, he refuses to even live there.

    Peppered with celebrity cameos (from Siegfried and Roy to George and Barbara Bush), this sharp, fast-paced narrative tells the story of how billions of dollars - and an unparalleled drive for power - took three men's visions for Las Vegas from mere dreams to reality.

    ©2008 Christina Binkley; (P)2008 Tantor

  • What the Critics Say

    "As exhilarating as a high-stakes game of craps." (Kirkus)
    "A full, flashy tale of powerful men and their pride, vanity, envy, [and] greed." (Publishers Weekly)

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      pete Naperville, Israel 11-06-09
      pete Naperville, Israel 11-06-09
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      "Fabulous book! Narrator was bleh."

      Do you say Vay-guess, or do you say Vi-gus?
      I've heard it called Vi-gus many a times by many who've never been there, just read about it, or were told a story or two about it. Oh, and the other reviewer was right about this narrator: she doesn't know how to pronouce the French word for water eau, which sounds like Oh. Didn't anybody reviewing the audio tell her? BTW, she also slaughtered La Reve and Beau Rivage. Come on! Regardless, the story was fantastic. I absolutlely loved hearing how Wynn and Kakorian got started, and how Vegas (Vay-guess) transformed with the opening of the Mirage.

      3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Judith Okemos, MI, USA 08-17-08
      Judith Okemos, MI, USA 08-17-08 Member Since 2004
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      "Some hilarious mispronunciations"

      The book is a bit tepid, possibly because the style is dry, but mostly because the narrator sounds like a zombie. Best of all, however, are her mispronunciations. Apparently this narrator knows no foreign language or even English words with more than four syllables. For example, at one point when describing Steve Wynn's attempts to attract top chefs she pronounces the French word "eau" "ewww," then, alas, tries to render Wynn's quotation about Americans confusing "eau" with "eww" as if the words were pronounced exactly the same way. It would be nice to have a better standard for narrators so one could at least hear language pronounced somewhat close to the way it's supposed to be pronounced.

      3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Terence DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA, United States 03-04-12
      Terence DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA, United States 03-04-12

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      "Interesting Story, Shockingly Bad Narration!"

      I totally agree with some of the other reviewers regarding the narrator. I've listened to hundreds of audio books, and have NEVER heard such verbal butchery. People, places, foreign pronunciations - nothing is spared. There are literally hundreds of errors made throughout the reading. Has this person ever read a newspaper, watched the news, been to school? Where is the editor? It's pretty shocking.

      The story itself is usually entertaining and interesting. If not for the glaring ineptitude of the narrator, it would have been far more enjoyable.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Robert pleasanton, CA, United States 05-12-08
      Robert pleasanton, CA, United States 05-12-08 Member Since 2005
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      "How the Strip was built and sold."

      One of the quickest books I have listened to. Las Vegas has become a playground controlled by a few, financed by many. The book gives great insight into the stories behind the different casinos. Christina Binkley goes into great detail on how Steve Wynn changed the face of Las Vegas along with insight into the ways Harrahs uses its data to attract its customers. If you ever wanted to know the story behind the building of Las Vegas this book will provide the answers.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      David Columbia, CA, United States 10-27-10
      David Columbia, CA, United States 10-27-10 Member Since 2001
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      "Interesting Story, Horrible Narrator"

      Las Vegas is clearly a fairy tale story and it's interesting to see the mechanics and machinations behind the magic. A modern history of this cultural icon of the desert, the New Las Vegas is shown to have clearly broken with its mobster past, by embracing the more legitimate mobsters of Wall Street and the investment banks. The reader/narrator mispronounces so many words that it becomes almost laughable. It's not a deal breaker, but close, saved by the sheer interest value of the story itself. This book ranks in among my top five Most Poorly Read Books list.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      Domenic Bear, DE, USA 07-19-10
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      "I enjoyed this book"

      Some very good stories about Wynn, Kerkorian, and Lovemen. Lots of cool info that I did not know about originally. I am a huge Vegas buff and if you are also, you will find this book enjoyable. Give it a shot.

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      Roland Wood Dale, IL, United States 06-12-08
      Roland Wood Dale, IL, United States 06-12-08 Member Since 2002
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      "I love Vegas"

      This was a pretty interesting book on some of the kings of vegas. It was disappointing in the way Steve Wynn was pictured, I was hoping he would have been a more normal guy.

      0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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