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American Experience: Hoover Dam
Explore the building of Hoover Dam, including a timeline that follows the financing and construction of the dam. Read about Boulder City, a fortified camp for the dam workers where the gambling and alcohol that flourished down the road in Las Vegas, were banned.

American Experience: Race for the Superbomb
Investigate the early years of the nuclear age and the Cold War, including information on testing and stockpiles of the U.S. and the former U.S.S.R.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
This Web site provides facts about the city of Las Vegas, information regarding planning events, meetings and conventions, and details on shows and attractions to help you plan your visit.

U.S. Department of Energy, Nevada
The official site for the Department of Energy provides information about the Nevada Test Site, environmental programs and defense projects, and news and publications.

Clark County Historical Marker Listing
This Web site provides detailed information about the location and history of Nevada's historical sites.

Southern Nevada and Las Vegas: History in Maps, University of Las Vegas, Nevada Libraries
This site offers a look at the history of Southern Nevada and Las Vegas through images of maps dating back to the 17th century. The vast collection includes general maps of the United States as well as specific themes in Nevada, such as "Nightclub Las Vegas."

The UNLV Gaming Studies Research Center
This site has a large collection of resources and a virtual museum on gaming. There is a link to a gallery of casino carpets in Las Vegas and beyond.

American RadioWorks
An audio documentary of Las Vegas: An Unconventional History

The Las Vegas I Remember: Oral History Project at KNPR
Nevada Public Radio presents audio clips of memories of Las Vegas.

Atomic Testing Museum
There is a history of the Nevada Test Site and a photo gallery of the holdings of the museum on this site.

The Neon Museum
The Neon Museum researches, collects and exhibits neon signs. There is a photo gallery of Las Vegas signs from the 1940s to present.

Web Sites | Books

Abt, Vicki, James F. Smith, and Eugene Martin Christiansen. The Business of Risk: Commercial Gambling in Mainstream America . Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1985

Anderson, Jack, and Fred Blumenthal. The Kefauver Story. New York: Dial Press, 1956.

Anderson, Jack, with James Boyd. Confessions of a Muckraker: The Inside Story of Life in Washington During the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson Years. New York: Random House, 1979.

Bancroft, Hubert Howe, and Frances Fuller Victor. History of Nevada, 1540-1888. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1981.

Bartlett, Donald L. and James B. Steele. Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes. New York and London: W.W. Norton, 1979.

Berman, Susan. Lady Las Vegas: the Inside Story Behind America's Neon Oasis. New York: A&E Network and TV Books, 1996.

Block, Alan A. The Business of Crime: A Documentary Study of Organized Crime in the American Economy. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1991.

Cooper, Marc.The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas. New York: Nation Books, 2004.

Dunne, John Gregory. Vegas: A Memoir of a Dark Season. New York: Random House, 1974.

Early, Pete. Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas. New York: Bantam Books, 2000.

Edwards, Jerome. Pat McCarran: Political Boss of Nevada. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1982.

Eisenberg, Dennis, Uri Dan, and Eli Landau. Lansky: Mogul to the Mob. New York and London: Paddington Press, 1979.

Farrell, Ronald A., and Carole Case. The Black Book and the Mob: The Untold Story of the Control of Nevada's Casinos. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995.

Ferrari, Michelle with Stephen Ives. Las Vegas: An Unconventional History. New York: Bulfinch Press, 2005

Findlay, John M. People of Chance: Gambling in American Society from Jamestown to Las Vegas. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Fleming, Dan B., Jr., Kennedy vs. Humphrey, West Virginia, 1960: The Pivotal Battle for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company 1992.

Fontenay, Charles. Estes Kefauver. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1980.

Glass, Mary Ellen. Nevada's Turbulent 50s: Decade of Political and Economic Change. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1981.

Goldfarb, Ronald. Perfect Villains, Imperfect Heroes: Robert F. Kennedy's War Against Organized Crime. New York: Random House, 1995.

Goodman, Robert. The Luck Business: The Devastating Consequences and Broken Promises of America's Gambling Explosion. New York: Free Press, paperback, 1995.

Gottdiener, M., Claudia C. Collins, and David R. Dickens. Las Vegas: The Social Production of an All-American City. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1999.

Graham, Jefferson. Vegas: Live and in Person. Abbeville Press, 1989.

Hannigan, John. Fantasy City: Pleasure and Profit in the Postmodern Metropolis. New York: Routledge, 1998.

Hersh, Seymour M. The Dark Side of Camelot. Boston and London: Little Brown, 1997.

Jennings, Dean. We Only Kill Each Other: The Life and Bad Times of Buggy Siegel. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1967.

Johnston, David. Temples of Chance: How America Inc. Bought Out Murder Inc. to Win Control of the Casino Business. New York: Doubleday, 1992

Kaufman, Perry Bruce. "The Best City of Them All: A History of Las Vegas, 1930-1960." Unpublished dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara, August 1974.

Kennedy, Robert F. The Enemy Within: The McClellan Committee's Crusade Against Jimmy Hoffa and the Corrupt Labor Unions. New York: Harper & Row, 1960.

Kessler, Ronald. The Richest Man in the World. New York: Warner Books, 1986.

Kessler, Ronald. Sins of the Father: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Dynasty He Founded. New York: Warner Books, 1996

Koskoff, David E. Joseph P. Kennedy: A Life and Times. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1974.

Lacey, Robert. Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life. Boston: Little, Brown, 1991.

Land, Barbara and Myrick Land. A Short History of Las Vegas. Reno: University of Nevada, 1999.

Littlejohn, David, ed. The Real Las Vegas. New York: Oxford Press, 2000.
Maheu, Robert, and Richard Hack. Next to Hughes: Behind the Power and Tragic Downfall of Howard Hughes by His Closet Advisor
. New York: Harper Collins, 1992.

Martinez, Andres. 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down in the New Las Vegas. New York: Villard, 1999.

McCracken, Robert D. Las Vegas: The Great American Playground. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1996.

Moehring, Eugene. Resort City in the Sunbelt: Las Vegas 1930-1970. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1989.

Moehring, Eugene and Michael S Green. Las Vegas: A Centennial History. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1989.

Moore, Robert S. The Kefauver Committee and the Politics of Crime, 1950-1952. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1974.

Morrison, Robert S. High Stakes to High Risk: The Strange Story of Resorts International and the Taj Mahal. Ashtabula, Ohio: Lake Erie Press, 1994.

Odessky, Dick. Fly on the Wall: Recollections of Las Vegas's Good Old, Bad Old Day. Huntington Press, June 2000.

Pearl, Ralph. Vegas Is My Beat. Secaucus, NJ: Lyle Stuart Publishing, 1973.

Reid, Ed. Las Vegas: City without Clocks. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1961.

Reid, Ed and Ovid Demaris. The Green Felt Jungle. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991.

Rothman, Hal. Devil's Bargain: Tourism in the Twentieth Century American West. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998.

Rothman, Hal, ed., The Grit Beneath the Glitter: Tales From the Real Las Vegas. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2002.

Rothman, Hal. Neon Metropolis. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Sheehan, Jack E., ed. The Players: The Men Who Made Las Vegas. Reno and Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 1997.

Smith, John L. Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn. New York: Barricade Books, 1995.

Spanier, David. Welcome to the Pleasuredome: Inside Las Vegas. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1992.

Suarez, Ray. The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration, 1966-1999. New York: The Free Press, 1999.

Stevens, Joseph E. Hoover Dam: An American Adventure. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1988.

Tronnes, Mike, ed. Literary Las Vegas: The Best Writing About America's Most Fabulous City. New York: Henry Holt, 1995.

Venturi, Robert, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. Learning from Las Vegas. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1972.

Vogliotti, Gabriel R. The Girls of Nevada: Prostitution in Nevada, from the Roadside Brothels to the Beauties of Vegas, Told Against a Background of Gambling and Glamour. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1975.

White, Theodore H. The Making of the President 1960. New York: Atheneum, 1961.

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