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Sharks In The Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 28th August 2005 9:14pm
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John L. Smith has grown accustomed to hearing the phrase, "The town was so much better when the mob ran it."

As a fourth-generation Nevadan and the Review-Journal's general interest columnist since 1988, Smith, 45, often is sought out as a sympathetic ear by those longtime Las Vegans who pine for the days when the Strip was smaller and casino bosses didn't answer to Wall Street.

While Smith has an affinity for the casino owners of the past, he doesn't share the view of some old-timers. He enjoys Las Vegas as it has evolved into today's gaming empire.

"I hear that all the time, but really, Las Vegas is a much better place today, with the exception of the traffic," Smith said. "I've always looked at Las Vegas as an island and a great place for characters. But for some of those characters, it was Devil's Island."

It's those unique players Smith has focused on in his latest book, "Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas," published by Barricade Books.


[ If you havent read Smith's bios of Steve Wynn, Bob Stupak and Mayor Goodgin and you read this website... you must. - Ed ]



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