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Bibliography: Books: Las Vegas

This bibliography covers books which may be useful in researching theme parks, amusement parks, and related subjects. Some of these books are available from the publisher or your favorite bookstore, while others are out of print but may still possibly be obtained through a used book dealer or from your library (in stock or through interlibrary loan). When possible links have been provided to and/or where you may check availability and order the book directly.

Anderton, Frances and Chase, John.
Las Vegas: a guide to recent architecture. London: Ellipsis. 1997. 220p. Color Photos. Pocket guide to the many amazing buildings of Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Earley, Pete
Super Casino: Inside the New Las Vegas. NY: Bantam. 2000. 512p. The view from inside Circus Circus and the building and operation of the Luxor casino, from the gamblers to the showgirls to the managers to the hookers.
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Hess, Alan
Viva Las Vegas: After Hours Architecture. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. 1993. 128p. Color Photos. History of Las Vegas with an emphasis on the development of its architectural vernacular.
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Sheehan, Jack (Editor)
The Players: The Men Who Made Las Vegas. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press. 1997. 224p. A few B&W Photos. A history of sin city told through individual essays about important men in Vegas history: Benny Binion, Sam Boyd, Howard Hughes, Steve Wynn, Moe Dalitz, etc..
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Venturi, Robert, Brown, Denise Scott, and Izenour, Steven.
Learning From Las Vegas (Revised Edition). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 1992. xvii,192p. B&W Photos & Drawings. Is a building a decorated shed or a duck? Here's a highly theoretical analysis of how Las Vegas changed architecture. (The first edition of this book, 1972, is more lavish and includes more material and many more illustrations -- the revised edition was designed to be affordable.)
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