Las Vegas–the name evokes images of divorce and dice, prostitutes and payoffs, gangsters and glitz. But beneath it all is a sordid history that is much more insidious and far-reaching than ever imagined. Now, at the dawn of the new century, this neon maelstrom of ruthlessness and greed stands to not as an aberrant “sin city,” but as a natural outgrowth of the corruption and worship of money that have come to permeate American life.
The Money and the Power is the most comprehensive look yet at Las Vegas and its breadth of influence. Based on five years of intensive research and interviewing, Sally Denton and Roger Morris reveal the city’s historic network of links to Wall Street, international drug traffickers, and the CIA. In doing so, they expose the disturbing connections amongst politicians, businessmen, and the criminals that harness these illegal activities. Through this lucid and gripping indictment of Las Vegas, Morris and Denton uncover a national ethic of exploitation, violence, and greed, and provide a provocative reinterpretation of twentieth-century American history.
About the Author
SALLY DENTON is an investigative reporter and writer whose books include "The Money and Power: The Making of Las Vegas and its Hold on America" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001), which was made into a documentary film broadcast on the History Channel, "American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003), "Faith and Betrayal: A Pioneer Woman's Passage in the American West" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006), "Passion and Principle: John and Jessie Fremont, the Couple Whose Power, Politics and Love Shaped Nineteenth-Century America "(Bloomsbury, 2007) and "The Plots Against the President: FDR, a Nation in Crisis", and the "Rise of American Right" (Bloomsburg, 2012). Denton received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2006 and was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2008.
Roger Morris is an award-winning author and investigative journalist who served on the senior staff of the National Security Council under presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including "Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician, 1913-1952 "and the bestselling "Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America," He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Morris hold a Ph.D in government from Harvard
“The history of Vegas’s dark underside . . . has seldom been so abundantly and compellingly told.” –The Washington Post Book World
“Riveting. . . Absorbing. . . A saga of underworld subculture that intersects with that of government agents, senators, and presidents and ranges from Cuba to Dallas to Watergate.”–The Wall Street Journal
“A must-read. . . . One of the most important non-fiction books published in the U.S. in [a] half century.” –Los Angeles Times
“Something on every page hits like a meat ax. In their unsparing, meticulous reporting, Denton and Morris produce a compelling, important dossier.”–New York Daily News