By Arion Berger
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:42 AM EDT

The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America, 1947-2000

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According to husband-and-wife writing team Morris and Denton in The Money and the Power, the gangster Bugsy Siegel created a Las Vegas style that endures to this day. In 1946, Siegel established ”the long tradition of the financing of modern Las Vegas by Mormons, regional and local banks, unions and corporations…” while amassing loans for his Flamingo Hotel. Fifty-five years later, the luxe entertainment, cheap meals, and grand-scale kitsch haven’t changed, but a new generation of corrupt power players has enabled a new generation of vice-mongers to do business unmolested in America’s rancid glitterdome. This history of how the tentacles of Vegas’ greed and cronyism have reached Wall Street, the White House, and Mexico’s top drug lords is never less than fascinating, even when Morris and Denton see shadowy connections under every desert rock.

The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America, 1947-2000

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