The Real Las Vegas

The Real Las Vegas : Life Beyond the Strip

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Although Las Vegas is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States, with a population of more than 1,200,000, little attention has been paid to that part of the city where people actually live-the city apart from the Strip and the flashy older gambling strip of Downtown. This book representing the work of young reporters from all over the United States who spent the better part of a year examining the "Real Las Vegas." Each one looked at a single aspect of life-the lives of teenagers, senior citizens, Mexican immigrants, the homeless, houses of worship, prostitutes, education, labor unions, pawn shops, housing, water supply (in a desert). Eventually they came to realize that no other city could duplicate the Las Vegas experience because no other city has depended for so long on the profits of more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195130707
  • 9780195130706

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"In a shattering series of quick-cut profiles and scenes, Littlejohn's team of crack reporters highlight the voices of off-the-beaten-track Las Vegas--homeless denizens of desperate shelters, residents of the soft pogroms of North (Hispanic) and West (African-American) Vegas, the aimless teens, bingo junkies, sex workers, sagebrush rebels, and real estate speculators who live and wither by the almighty buck, and the cops, union organizers and preachers who control or mitigate the consequences of capitalism run amok. A gritty, people-centered montage of our saddest American dream."--Peter Nabokov"There's a strong chance that Las Vegas--boisterous, demotic, a figment of its own imagination, the Elvis Presley of American cities--may be the last metropolis to develop from scratch in these United States. David Littlejohn and his reporters have done a brilliant job decoding the complexities of America's neon-lit post-modern urban enigma. Viva Las Vegas!-- Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California and author of America and the California Dream seriesshow more

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"A team of fifteen reporters led by David Littlejohn, together with prize-winning photojournalist Eric Gran, studied the "real" Las Vegas - the city beyond the Strip and Downtown - for the better part of a year. They talked to teenagers (whose suicide and dropout rates frighten parents), senior citizens (many of whom spend their days playing bingo and the slots), Mexican immigrants (who build the new houses and clean the hotels), homeless people and angry blacks, as well as local police, active Christians, city officials, and prostitutes. They looked into the local churches, the powerful labor unions, pawn shops, the real estate boom, defiant ranchers to the north, and dire predictions that the city is about to run out of water."--BOOK JACKET. "In this close-up investigation of the real lives being led in America's most tourist-jammed, gambling-driven city, readers will discover a Las Vegas very different from the one they may have seen or imagined."--BOOK more

About David Littlejohn

David Littlejohn is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written or edited eleven previous books, and is the West Coast arts correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Kensington, more

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