The Battle for Las Vegas : The Law vs the Mob Paperback
From the 1970s through the mid-1980s, the Chicago Outfit dominated organised crime in Las Vegas.
Unreported revenue, known as the "skim" from Outfit-controlled casinos made its way out of Vegas by the bagful, ending up in the coffers of the Windy City crime bosses and their confederates around the Midwest.
To ensure the smooth flow of cash, the gangsters installed a front man with no criminal background, Allen R Glick, as the casino owner of record, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal as the real boss of casino operations, and Tony Spilotro as the ultimate enforcer, who'd do whatever it took to protect their interests.
It wasn't long before Spilotro, also in charge of Vegas street crime, was known as the "King of the Strip".
Federal and local law enforcement, recognising the need to rid the casinos of the mob and shut down Spilotro's rackets, declared war on organised crime.
This book relates the story of the fight between the tough guys on both sides, told in large part by the agents and detectives who knew they had to win.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 234 pages, b/w photos
- Publisher: Huntington Press
- Publication Date: 01/01/2006
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9780929712376
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Review by Citizenjoyce
A combination <I>Goodfellas</I> and <I>Casino</I>, this book also adds in the law enforcement part of the story. Interesting, but hard to believe it could be true. However, you need only know that that scumbag Oscar Goodman managed to be Las Vegas's "happiest mayor in the world" indefinitely, using family members a proxies, to realize the sleaze was real and continues.