Autographed Copies of Gambling on a Dream Now Available

Now that the holidays are over and you can relax, why not do so with an autographed copy of my book, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955. Learn about the early days of the Strip, when it was just a two-lane, pot-holed, blacktop linking southern California with the small town of Las Vegas. You can discover the in-depth histories of the first eleven hotels built on that lonely stretch of road and how the visionaries who built those hotels, turned that stretch of the highway into the fabulous Las Vegas Strip.

The book covers the architecture as well as the neon signs and offers stories from the men and women who were there.

If you love Las Vegas history (and who doesn’t) or if you want to learn about the hotels that made the Strip of today even possible, this book and the companion DVD offer plenty of glamour, glitz and history!

Personalized autographed copies available now: Gambling on a Dream book/DVD

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Presentation and Book Signing, Saturday Dec. 8th!


Just in time for the holidays!

Just a friendly reminder that I will be giving a presentation and doing a book signing at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas next Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00.

The presentation will be on the first twenty-five years of the Las Vegas Strip, how it began and how it grew. I’ll also be taking about the visionaries who dreamed up the hotels along with some myth-busting!

After the presentation, I’ll be signing copies of the new paperback version of my book, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vega Strip 1930-1955.

So if you love Las Vegas history or know someone who does and need the perfect holiday gift, here’s your chance to do some shopping!

We hope to see you there!

It makes the perfect holiday gift for the history lover in your life!

It makes the perfect holiday gift for the history lover in your life!


Gambling on a Dream Presentation and Book Signing: Dec. 8th

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If you live in Las Vegas or visiting there, I am happy to announce that I will be doing a presentation and book signing for my newly published book, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 on Saturday, December 8th at the Nevada State Museum (at the Springs Preserve).

I’ll be talking about the early days of the Las Vegas Strip when it was better known as a pot-holed. two-lane highway that connected the small town to southern California, how it began and how it grew.

It all begins at 2:00 pm and I hope to see you there!

Autographed Copies of My New Paperbook Book Available!

So happy to announce that the Paperbook version of my popular book on the first twenty-five years of the Las Vegas Strip: Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 is now available! If you go to my website, you can order a personalized autographed copy:

http://classiclasvegas.com/book-vol1-paperback/

The book covers the bar and nightclub that were located on Highway 91 before the first hotel, the El Rancho Vegas, was built. Once the dreamers came along new hotels began to take shape up and down the boulevard. The book also covers the first 10 hotels from conception to demolition (with a significant survival story included), and their neon signs that came to define the Las Vegas Strip. This is the story of how the Las Vegas Strip was born and how it grew.

You can also order the companion DVD that offers over 35 interviews with the men and women who were there and share their stories. Great story-tellers such as hotel executive Burton Cohen, Nancy Williams Baker who danced at the El Rancho Vegas in the early days of the hotel, those who knew Howard Hughes and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, performers such as Sam Butera, Claude Trenier, Pete Barbutti and Steve Rossi as well as many others. Bonus features also include a photo gallery of rarely-seen, historic images.

Gambling on a Dream paperback book and companion DVD

Gambling on a Dream paperback book and companion DVD

So get your copy today!