From Nicholas Pileggi, author of the best-selling Wiseguy -- the #1 best seller that later became the hit movie Goodfellas -- comes this brilliantly told tale of love, marriage, adultery, murder and revenge Mafia-style, the true story of how the mob finally lost its stranglehold over the multi-billion-dollar casino gambling industry of Las Vegas.
No one knew more about casinos than Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, the gambling mastermind who, with his best friend and partner Anthony Spilotro virtually ran Las Vegas for the mob. For years it was the perfect arrangement -- Lefty provided the smarts and obsessive attention to detail, while Tony made sure the bosses stayed happy with their weekly suitcases filled with millions of dollars in skimmed cash. It was so sweet it should have lasted forever, but Lefty's obsession with running the town -- and Tony's obsession with Lefty's beautiful showgirl wife Geri -- eventually led to the betrayals and investigations that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in the mob's history.
A real-life story of love and betrayal set in America's favorite playground, Casino is a Mafia tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, as well as the inside account of just how the mob lost control of the neon money-making machine it created.
©1995 Nicholas Pileggi (P)2004 Simon & Schuster
This is a great book that goes into more detail than the movie Casino does. It also corrects a few mistakes the movie has at the end, and gives another view on who might have bombed the car Lefty. It was the first audio book I listened to in full. It was great.
Very good story and very interesting.
My only complaint is that it is Abridged. Since I am looking for more detail I felt this wetted my appetite.
So as long as you know thus us Abridged you will enjoy it.
Very well written and well done production. I would recommended this book to anyone who is a fan of true crime.
I would recommend this audio book only if you are not reading along with book. I find it easier to listen and read along for books that I have to read for class. Unfortunately, the book and the audio book don't match up. They have all the same context but it doesn't all match up when you read along. I would have to jump around and find what part they were reading next. The audio book has 4 chapters while the book has 24 chapters so that made things confusing as well. I still enjoyed listening to the book but I wish I had know before I bought the audio that it wouldn't match up.
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