An Essential History of Modern Las Vegas
By Geoff Schumacher
People all over the globe know Las Vegas as gambling's Mecca, Sin City, the Entertainment Capital of the World, a resort desintination that attracts more than 35 million visitors per year. But that's just one piece of the story of this facinating metropolis of 1.6 million people -- and counting. It's the other parts of the story that veteran journalist Geoff Schumacher tackles in this book.
This carefully documented history focuses on the most exciting and chaotic decade in Las Vegas history: the 1990s. While Las Vegas has been the fastest-growing place in America since World War II, nothing before compared with the explosive growth of the '90s. With more than 6,000 people rushing into the valley each month, Las Vegas responded to the influx with enthusiasm and a can-do attitude, all the while coping with enormous economic, social and political challenges.