2021 popular Winner new arrival Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race new arrival to Own Las Vegas outlet online sale

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Wall Street Journal columnist Christina Binkley takes an up-close-and-personal look at how Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, and Dr. Gary Loveman are building a bigger and better Las Vegas and how their influence is spreading beyond the city''s borders.

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Former Wall Street Journal reporter Binkley offers this story of the trio of tycoons who took over Las Vegas and transformed it from a crushed-velvet world with a libidinous frontier air into a place where, increasingly and sometimes surprisingly, entertainment and good taste go hand in hand. Binkley provides an inside look at deal-maker Kerkorian, casino visionary Wynn and professor-turned-mogul Loveman and their lavishly competitive lives: their exclusive and aggressive tennis games, the one-way conveyor belt created to transport customers away from a competing casino, the battle to build the biggest and the best. The author shares intriguing details about these power players—Wynn has a secret entrance, behind some fake books on a shelf, to a sprawling closet—and is also adept at portraying a seedier Vegas, where aged Mafia barons dined on the osso buco at Piero''s Italian restaurant, their canes hanging from their chairs. Sometimes her chronology gets a little murky. Still, Binkley offers plenty of nuggets mined from her years on the beat, producing a full, flashy tale of powerful men and their pride, vanity, envy, greed—and all the other cardinal no-nos that earned Vegas the name Sin City. (Mar.)
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Sin City. Bright lights, high stakes, no sleep. Home to some of the world''s grandest, flashiest, and most lucrative casino resorts, Las Vegas'' multitude of attractions draws some forty million tourists from around the world every year. But Vegas hasn''t always been booming at the level it is today. This newest influx is largely a result of three competing business moguls--and their strategic and creative genius in the race to own Vegas. Meet Kirk Kerkorian, Steve Wynn, and Dr. Gary Loveman, men who couldn''t be more different from one another, yet share the same tunnel-vision determination to conquer the city that feeds the world''s fantasies.

No longer just a go-to city for gambling, as a result of Kerkorian, Wynn, and Loveman working to reach the top--and to top one another--Las Vegas is now home to restaurants run by some of the world''s top chefs, concert and entertainment venues headlined by Hollywood''s biggest stars, art galleries featuring some of the world''s most valuable pieces, and meta-resorts boasting the largest and most expansive casinos, spas, and more.

Having had personal access to these men, Wall Street Journal reporter Christina Binkley gives us a never-before-seen up close look at the trio of tycoons whose high-stakes gambles made Sin City soar.

Sharp, insightful and revealing, this is the gripping story of how billions of dollars and the unparalleled drive for power made the personal visions of three moguls evolve from dreams to larger-than-life reality.

About the Author

Christina Binkley is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and writes a weekly feature on fashion and luxury goods. She joined the WSJ in 1994, and has been writing about travel, hotels, and casinos since 1997. Binkley is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Joseph Ranola
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Liberals Can’t Help Themselves
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2020
2 pages into it (TWO) I’m already annoyed and almost don’t want to continue- the author decided, 10 years after this book came out, to “update” her foreword because she just couldn’t help her liberal self to throw some digs at the President. Truly unbelievable. I’m here to... See more
2 pages into it (TWO) I’m already annoyed and almost don’t want to continue- the author decided, 10 years after this book came out, to “update” her foreword because she just couldn’t help her liberal self to throw some digs at the President. Truly unbelievable. I’m here to read about Steve Wynn and Vegas, not have your Trump Derangement Syndrome be the first thing that I get to read!!
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Kathleen O’Hara
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Don’t Bet, Don’t Invest and Don’t Live in Las Vegas.
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2021
Don’t gamble, don’t invest and don’t live in a casino town. Wonderful book. Very insightful. The casino operators are in their own different ways just as dumb as the punters. And there’s a constant supply of both as each new generation chases a mirage in the... See more
Don’t gamble, don’t invest and don’t live in a casino town.
Wonderful book. Very insightful. The casino operators are in their own different ways just as dumb as the punters. And there’s a constant supply of both as each new generation chases a mirage in the desert.
If you’re not laughing everyday in Las Vegas you should not be here.
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A Definite Winner
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2008
This well written story of recent developments in Las Vegas is a captivating read. Author Christina Binkley has written a serious business book in the style of an engaging novel. Much to like about this book! Las Vegas is a great "stage" for an interesting book.... See more
This well written story of recent developments in Las Vegas is a captivating read. Author Christina Binkley has written a serious business book in the style of an engaging novel.

Much to like about this book! Las Vegas is a great "stage" for an interesting book. Wynn, Kerkorian and Loveman are such great characters, each so different. And, the race to be the biggest and the best is fascinating.

The real kudos need to go to the author. In every dimension, this book is well crafted. Well organized with a great many facts woven into the compelling story line. Well detailed with every scene painted as if the reader was present. And, well written with business terminology correctly used and judiciously sprinkled so as to not detract from the powerful story. In an age where so many books are so poorly written, the quality of the writing here really is noteworthy.

What I respect most about the author is amidst the captivating story she devotes time to asking the $64 million dollar question, i.e. how should one feel about a business whose purpose is to turn its customers into gambling addicts? A very thoughtful question that the author appropriately serves up for each reader to answer for themselves.

Christina Binkley...for your first book, you did great!
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Paige Turner
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A Winner!
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2008
Fascinating and well-researched book on three of the biggest names in the Las Vegas casino business. The author picks up the Vegas story in the mid-90s, and gives a play-by-play on the MGM buyout of Mirage Resorts. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in details... See more
Fascinating and well-researched book on three of the biggest names in the Las Vegas casino business. The author picks up the Vegas story in the mid-90s, and gives a play-by-play on the MGM buyout of Mirage Resorts. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in details about how the deals took place and how the casinos were built. Nice breezy writing style. My only two small complaints are the author incessantly brings up cosmetic surgery that some of the people got, which I think only needs to be mentioned once. And I think she doesn''t give Wynn enough credit for building the Mirage, she glosses over that fact as if it was incidental when it was a seminal event in Vegas history. Great coverage of three men: Wynn, Loveman, and Kerkorian. The elephant in the room is almost no detail on Adelson (Chairman of Las Vegas Sands). If she had included the same level of detail on him, this would be a nearly perfect book on the business of Las Vegas. Fantastic read nonetheless, I admire her level of research. Highly recommended.
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David R
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Vegas - one hell of a beast.
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2019
A fascinating and detailed look at the foundations of modern Vegas. An excellent read that I struggled to put down. The dive into the use of data sciences by Harrah’s under Loveman has fundamentally changed my perception of Vegas operations.
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Vee
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Insightful
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
I am still reading this book, but so far it is engaging and interesting. I work in this industry so learning about its early beginnings and the major players in the business is fascinating.
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Mike Williams
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Great story! Interesting for Vegas lovers!
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2013
Great story! Interesting for Vegas lovers! Steve Wynn is the center piece. Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman and a few others are discussed with less depth. I''m not sure I agree with the title or approach to the book as the best way to portray the story and research the author... See more
Great story! Interesting for Vegas lovers! Steve Wynn is the center piece. Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman and a few others are discussed with less depth. I''m not sure I agree with the title or approach to the book as the best way to portray the story and research the author did but I wouldn''t call this a truly grand academic review either. This story is definitely worth enjoying and most parts are very enjoyable, interesting, and easy to follow. I simply think that with all the research that she obviously did to write the book, she could have titled it some variation of an unauthorized biography of Steve Wynn. She is obviously partial to him and/or had greater access to him during her research than Kerkorian or Loveman. Furthermore, I think that any writer that tries to remain impartial does his or her book an injustice. The book should be a portrayal of not only the subject but how the author felt about the subject and surrounding events. It seems like she unsuccessfully tries to be impartial. She admires and loves Steve Wynn and I''m okay with that. Ms. Binkley must come to terms with her feelings and let them flow into her book. After all this is not a newspaper story. Despite my criticism, I love the story and find it immensely interesting and I am very pleased with the depth of research that she did.
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Rick Spell
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Fascinating!
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2008
A great summation of the last 15 years of Las Vegas, the influences that made it what it is, and the big personalities that rule the land. One negative comment I have is the movie is really two stories in one, Wynn/Kerkorian their deal and influence, and how... See more
A great summation of the last 15 years of Las Vegas, the influences that made it what it is, and the big personalities that rule the land. One negative comment I have is the movie is really two stories in one, Wynn/Kerkorian their deal and influence, and how Loveman/Harrahs elbowed its way from a smalltime operator to major player.

The majority of the book is about Wynn and his influence in Las Vegas and how it developed from the Mirage to the Bellagio to the Wynn. And of course the big occurrence is the buyout of Wynn''s operation by Kerkorian when he senses the stock weakness caused by Wynn''s lack of management skills. A very fascinating story!

After completing the acquisition the book slows down somewhat as it tells the tale of middle market Harrah''s and how it busts into the big time by acquiring Ceasar''s. This book explores the mathematical focus at Harrah''s and how it increases profitablity. While it''s interesting reading how a glorified math professor rises to casino president while retaining his old lifestyle, this section is the least interesting at least for me.

In summary this is a fascinating read of a fascinating city. Just a walk down the strip let''s anyone see every part of American culture good and bad as Las Vegas is the mecca of most Americans at some point in their lives.
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Allie
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Wynn, Kerkorian and Loveman
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 10, 2010
Binkley writes about the recent history of Steve Wynn of Wynn Resorts, Kirk Kerkorian of MGM Mirage and Gary Loveman of Harrah''s. They are three of the biggest names in Las Vegas and have brought about some of the biggest changes and biggest casinos to the city. This is not...See more
Binkley writes about the recent history of Steve Wynn of Wynn Resorts, Kirk Kerkorian of MGM Mirage and Gary Loveman of Harrah''s. They are three of the biggest names in Las Vegas and have brought about some of the biggest changes and biggest casinos to the city. This is not a comprehensive book about the history of Las Vegas and it only details the events that Wynn, Kerkorian and Loveman have been involved with and largely in the last 20 years. The majority of the book is focused on Wynn as he is obviously the brashest personality out of the three men and probably the man Binkley had most access to. The book is packed with facts and details, especially of the obscene amounts of money that are spent in and on Las Vegas casinos! I visited Las Vegas about 3 years ago and I got a great deal out of reading about the places that I saw. It would also be a great book to read just before going there so that you can see the place in a more informed light! While the book was obviously well researched and packed full of information, I did find the author''s style a little grating at times. For example she refers to university educated individuals as "propeller heads" and does so exclusively which becomes rather irritating. She does tend to overuse some clichés There is also some occasional repetition of content and the same key quote is used at the start of two chapters. I enjoyed learning about some of the background to Las Vegas and the personalities of Wynn, Kerkorian and Loveman and despite some reservations about the author''s writing style I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Las Vegas.
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McBun
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Another Volume Please!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2017
A very enjoyable read but sadly runs out just before the financial crash that changed so much. Would love a Vol.2 covering the last decade!....would also have benefited from a photo section...
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Rob
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A great read on Vegas from a business perspective
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2017
A great read on Vegas from a business perspective. Anyone who loves Vegas and would love to learn more about the business side behind it, this is a no brainer purchase which you won''t regret.
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Tim500
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Superb book on Vegas and mega hotel development
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2010
Superb book on both Las Vegas, and the development of mega resorts. Doesn''t cover Las Vegas Sands and Sheldon Adelson very much, which is a bit surprising. Could do with an updated edition really, with more coverage of Macau. Still, a really good book.
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What about the Venetian
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2008
Great book about the building of The Bellagio and the subsequent implosion of Steve Wynns dream and recovery to the Wynn, meeting the Harrahs and MGM teams along the way but the book skips over The Venetian story which is truly bizarre.
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