Read an Excerpt

Roll the Bones is about 450 pages long, but here are three short excerpts that will give you a flavor of what’s in the book. All excerpts are brief pdfs.

1. Author’s Note/Prologue

This is the introductory overview to the book, giving an idea of its scope—and the changes in the Casino Edition.

2. Why the Mob won Vegas

This excerpt, from chapter 10, “A Place in the Sun,” explains how the Mob carved out influence on the Las Vegas Strip in the 1950s and 1960s, and why it was so dominant.

3. The Rise of Atlantic City

The opening pages of chapter 12, “America’s Playground…Again” discuss the rebirth and rise to (brief) dominance of Atlantic City’s casinos in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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To see even more fun facts, factoids, and anecdotes from the book, look at the entries tagged #fromthebook.

And to watch videos of the author talking about the book, visit the videos page.

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