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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christina Binkley Narrator: Cynthia Holloway Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An unprecedented up-close-and-personal look at the trio of tycoons whose high-stakes gambles-in business-make Sin City soar. Steve Wynn. Kirk Kerkorian. Dr. Gary Loveman. The first two are world-famous for their flamboyant, often outrageous efforts to dominate Las Vegas. But it's the third-an economist from Harvard Business School, unknown even to most of the guests at his high-profile casinos-who may now have the most impact. In Winner Takes All, Christina Binkley, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explores how these three magnates are building a bigger and better Las Vegas and how their influence is spreading beyond the city's borders. Meet the winners: -Steve Wynn is the visionary behind the Mirage, the Bellagio, and the $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas. Loud and passionate, with a tragic backstory-a world-renowned art collector, he is slowly going blind from retinitis pigmentosa-Wynn is often called the architect of modern Las Vegas. -Kirk Kerkorian, who is in his late eighties, is a shy, sly tactician, but his status as a billionaire deal maker who owns half the strip-and his history as nemesis to Howard Hughes-keeps him in the forefront of Las Vegas, wheeling and dealing. -Dr. Gary Loveman, the CEO of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., represents a new, more populist future for Las Vegas, one in which gamblers will be carefully culled from databases rather than lured by flash. Loveman approaches the city as though it were a Harvard case study. On the verge of becoming Las Vegas's-and possibly the world's-biggest gambling titan, he refuses to even live there. Peppered with celebrity cameos (from Siegfried and Roy to George and Barbara Bush), this sharp, fast-paced narrative tells the story of how billions of dollars-and an unparalleled drive for power-took three men's visions for Las Vegas from mere dreams to reality. Download and start listening now!

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  • “A full, flashy tale of powerful men and their pride, vanity, envy, [and] greed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • As exhilarating as a high-stakes game of craps. Kirkus
  • “As exhilarating as a high-stakes game of craps.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Josh | 1/19/2014

    " better than average "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 10/21/2013

    " Las Vegas has undergone a radical change in the last 20 years. Two people are mostly responsible. If you like visiting Vegas, you'll like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 9/26/2013

    " I don't know why, but I have a fascination with Las Vegas. I don't ever gamble but for some reason the city and its history draw my attention. For me, this was a fun book to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Farah | 9/26/2013

    " My brother really wanted me to read this, but I only got through five chapters before I had to stop from sheer boredom. "

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