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Publisher's Summary

Las Vegas is gambling's mecca - Sin City the Entertainment Capital of the World with 40 million visitors a year. But that's just part of the story. This carefully documented history tracks the rise of Las Vegas from its vital role in World War II, of the Rat Pack era of the 50s, the explosive growth of the 90s, and it's colossal collapse in the post 2008 real-estate crash. It offers a history of the iconic Strip, but also profiles the neighborhoods where over 2 million people live - a diverse community of much more than gaming tables, lounge acts, and organized crime. This revised and expanded edition brings the story up to date with it's meteoric rise to one of the Great Recession's most battered victims.

Sun, Sin & Suburbia is required reading for newcomers who want to learn about their new hometown, and an essential addition to any longtime resident's library.

©2004, 2012 Geoff Schumacher and Stephens Press (P)2013 Geoff Schumacher and Stephens Press

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Good History of Vegas - old, modern and mundane

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like LV you will enjoy listening to this history of Vegas, which includes both the old-time legends and contemporary more mundane history - and by mundane I mean neighborhood discussion, common recent events, but not necessarily boring

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Different neighborhood development

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Well read - not a novel so you really can only destroy it, with the narrator did NOT do - it was fine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

Good to pass the time and learn a bit about modern Vegas.

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Entertaining facts

Which scene was your favorite?

Monorail, Howard Hughes, Summerlin, Phoenix

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Living in Downtown Vegas, I have a hard time understanding the allure of suburban developments, particular Summerlin. After listening to Schumacher, I now understand the passion of the developers and residents.

Any additional comments?

Its the city of life entertainment! I wish Schumacher had covered this very unique aspect of Vegas a bit more. From Burlesque to Magic Shows to Cirque du Soleil; Boxing and UFC; Birthplace of The Killers and Imagine Dragons. Also, for the next edition...please change that tacky cover picture.

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Nice book

it was very heavy on the every detail of how every neighborhood was constructed but by the same token thorough. thanks Geoff!