Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Money and Power' Links Gambling, Politics in U.S.

Byline: Karen Peterson Of the Journal

This latest book by Santa Fe's own Sally Denton and Roger Morris chronicles the rise of Las Vegas, Nev., as the center of the nation's gambling industry and its ascension to the status of, as they put it, the nation's "shadow capital."

It's a book that covers plenty of old ground. Many others have written about the role of the Mob in the history of this city and the gambling industry in general, and Denton and Morris, predictably, have spent quite a bit of their book retelling the fascinating tale.

It begins with old-time gangsters like Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel and the beginnings of the modern Las Vegas, with the construction of the Flamingo in the 1940s. …

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