The Green Felt Jungle was the first book that dares to penetrate the mirage of Las Vegas, the respectable, fun-loving resort where carefree tourists may innocently and legally indulge in gambling. In a carefully documented expose (which includes some astounding, secretly taped confidential conversations), the authors explore the real Las Vegas-a ...
The Green Felt Jungle was the first book that dares to penetrate the mirage of Las Vegas, the respectable, fun-loving resort where carefree tourists may innocently and legally indulge in gambling. In a carefully documented expose (which includes some astounding, secretly taped confidential conversations), the authors explore the real Las Vegas-a clever (and profitable) front for organized crime. Everything is legal, of course-everything except mysterious, unreported murders, systematic tax evasion, widespread prostitution, tacit segregation, and the graft that greases the entire system. Why was Bugsy Siegel, the founder of modern Las Vegas, liquidated? Who are some of Frank Sinatra's sinister partners in the Sands Hotel? How large is Jimmy Hoffa's interest in the glittering hotels along the Strip? Guess who some of Senator Barry Goldwater's companions have been on his numerous gambling junkets. And why was the body of a United States Senator who died just before election day preserved in a bathtub full of ice until all the returns were in? Citing irrefutable evidence, the authors expose the ways in which some of the nation's top criminals, under the pretense of operating "legitimate" businesses, are actually pouring millions of tourist-trade dollars into the coffers of the Mafia. They name the hidden interests who really control the casinos and disclose the hypocrisy and corruption that surround public officials on virtually every level of government. Also explained in detail are the tourist's actual chances of coming away a winner, the various "house percentages," the subtle devices used to lure players to the tables-and keep them there. Ironically, the gambling equipment is possibly the only thing in Las Vegas that is really on the level."
Trident Press, 1963. Hardcover. Very Good. Vibrant green cloth over boards with titles on spine. Corners slightly bumped, spine slightly cocked. Interior clean and unmarked. This is a former library book with library stickers and stamps. 100% of this purchase will support literacy programs through a nonprofit organization!
G. Not ex-lib. Mass market paperback in green wraps, red-tinted page edges. 1st Pocket Cardinal edition, June 1964. 241pp. + ads. Index, appendix, b/w plates on paper. G to G+. Light abrasion with touches of surface loss along edges of wraps; light nicks at spine ends/hinge ends; 2 1/4" crease across lower corner front wrap; central panels clean and strongly colored with mild toning along rear hinge. Binding tight and square. Pages uniformly toned, clean and unmarked.
Very Good. Seventh Printing, 1963. Green cloth covered boards with black spine titles; minimal edge wear; 8vo, 7 3/4" to 9 3/4" tall; no jacket. Previous owner's address label on front pastedown; interior is clean and unmarked; 242 pages.
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