I've put together
a list of books that I heartily recommend for information on Las Vegas, gambling,
comps, or LV History. At first I just had the pictures of the books, but I thought
I'd make it a little easier on web surfers and spell out what each books is
about. That will save you a click.
Each of these books
is available for sale at Amazon.com. I've ordered dozens of books off their
site and HIGHLY recommend them. They have a number of great books and their
service is prompt.
I've divided up the
books into categories to help you find what you're looking for. If you're not
finding the specific book you want, look at the bottom of the page. I've put
in a search box so you can do your own search at Amazon.
This book is written by a man who
came to work for the LV Sun in 1950 and then became the youngest
casino publicist in 1960. He was in casino PR for 20+ years and
has all the stories of what it was like in Vegas through the 50's,
60's and 70's.
"One man's chronic gambling habit became
the foundation for modern Las Vegas." This book is a bit
different as it tells the story of Billy Wilkerson. This book
is written by his son and tells the story of how Bugsy Siegel
stole the idea for the Flamingo from his father. This book is
also a good glimpse into the mob men who made Vegas.
The "Old" Vegas may be dead, but "New"
Vegas is just as interesting. The author pays special attention
to the Luxor, but the book also features a number of first-person
accounts of locals who were there "when" and who see
it all now.
Another fantastic book from our very own Ken2V on the message board. If you've ever even thought about bringing your sticks to Vegas, you have to get this book. It's got everything you need to know about golfing in Las Vegas.
While this book doesn't have as much "off
the beaten track" stuff as I would expect from a Lonely Planet
guide, it did have lots of not-very well known information. A
good guide for someone who thinks they have done it all.
If you mountain bike, this is a must have. Bring
your bike and have a great time just outside of Las Vegas. (This
book somtimes needs to be special ordered, but Amazon will nearly
always be able to get it for you)
This book has a negative view of gambling, however, it's a fascinating
look at the marketing and spread of casinos, lotteries and sports
betting all over the US. A real eye-opener and a fascinating read
no matter how you feel about gambling.