The Grit Beneath the Glitter: Tales from the Real Las Vegas by Hal Rothman, Mike Davis br

By Hal Rothman, Mike Davis br

The Grit underneath the Glitter is the 1st genuine examine the recent Las Vegas from the interior. In it, long-time citizens in addition to execs examine the transformation of 1 of the fastest-growing and most renowned towns on the earth, but one approximately which fairly little is understood. they provide a full of life and compelling portrait of the opposite facet of Las Vegas: the folk and associations that aid the glitter of the gaming and leisure undefined. reading various topics--from the city's advertisement historical past, hard work stipulations, and environmental difficulties to an research of the well-known lighting fixtures of the Strip--the members discover the contradictions among the semblance and the truth of the town, the seam among delusion and the existence it mask. The essays during this assortment discover the realm that staff adventure once they input gaming palaces from an worker front in a again parking zone instead of during the scripted doorways of casino/hotel palaces. They take readers into the neighborhoods the place 1.4 million american citizens now dwell, attend college, consume dinner, and visit paintings.

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Paleoindian Geoarchaeology of the Southern High Plains by Vance T. Holliday

By Vance T. Holliday

The Southern excessive Plains of northwestern Texas and jap New Mexico are wealthy in Paleoindian archaeological websites, together with such famous ones as Clovis, Lubbock Lake, Plainview, and Midland. those websites were commonly researched over a long time, not just by means of archaeologists but in addition by means of geoscientists, whose reviews of soils and stratigraphy have yielded very important information regarding cultural chronology and paleoenvironments around the region.

In this ebook, Vance T. Holliday synthesizes the information from those past reviews together with his personal fresh examine to supply the most up-tp-date and accomplished review of the geoarchaeology of the Southern excessive Plains in the course of the earliest human career. He delves into twenty websites extensive, integrating new and previous info on website geomorphology, stratigraphy, soils, geochronology, and paleoenvironments. He additionally compares the Southern excessive Plains websites with different websites around the nice Plains, for a broader chronological and paleoenvironmental perspective.

With over 90 images, maps, pass sections, diagrams, and artifact drawings, this booklet might be crucial analyzing for geoarchaeologists, archaeologists, and Quaternary geoscientists, in addition to avocational archaeologists who participate in Paleoindian website learn in the course of the American West.

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The Battle for Las Vegas: The Law Vs. the Mob (True Crime) by Dennis N. Griffin

By Dennis N. Griffin

From the Nineteen Seventies throughout the mid-1980s, the Chicago Outfit ruled prepared crime in Las Vegas. Unreported profit, referred to as the "skim," from Outfit-controlled casinos made its approach out of Vegas via the bagful, finishing up within the coffers of the Windy urban crime bosses and their confederates round the Midwest. to make sure the sleek circulation of money, the gangsters put in a entrance guy with out legal historical past, Allen R. Glick, because the on line casino proprietor of list, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthaal because the genuine boss of on line casino operations, and Tony Spilotro because the final enforcer, who'd do no matter what it took to guard their pursuits. It wasn't lengthy earlier than Spilotoro, additionally in control of Vegas road crime, used to be referred to as the "King of the Strip." Federal and native legislations enforcement, spotting the necessity to rid the casinos of the mob and close down Spilotro's rackets, declared battle on prepared crime. The conflict for Las Vegas relates the tale of the struggle among the harsh buys on either side, advised largely by means of the brokers and detectives who knew that they had to win.

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The Faith Next Door: American Christians and Their New by Paul D Numrich

By Paul D Numrich

The spiritual panorama of the USA has replaced dramatically in contemporary many years. How are Christians on the subject of their Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and different new non secular associates? utilizing neighborhood examples, The religion subsequent Door covers the gamut of Christian responses to America's multireligious truth. We examine the controversy over a brand new Hindu temple on the town, the Episcopal church that has hosted a mosque given that 1987, the cooperative efforts among African American pastors and Muslim leaders, immigrant Christians looking to store their non-Christian fellow immigrants, evangelicals resettling immigrants and refugees via "friendship evangelism," Catholics studying approximately different religions within the spirit of Vatican II, Greek Orthodox Christians and Turkish Muslims gaining a brand new appreciation in their shared background, and extra. The booklet additionally examines how the occasions of September eleven, 2001 have formed Christian techniques to believers from different faiths, from carrying out discussion to hoping for conversion. right here Christian theology meets the multireligious genuine international, with a number of effects suggestive of nationwide traits. The religion subsequent Door will entice Christians from all denominations and views who search types for relationships within the different modern context. it is going to additionally tell non-Christian readers and normal observers of developments in American faith in regards to the number of neighborhood Christian responses to different religions.

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Nebraska Moments, New Edition by Donald R. Hickey

By Donald R. Hickey

Nebraska writer Mari Sandoz remarked that almost all humans see Nebraska as “that lengthy flat country that units among me and anyplace i need to go.” if that is so, they’re lacking lots, as this wonderful quantity makes abundantly transparent. Susan A. Wunder and John R. Wunder’s new, increased, and up-to-date variation of Donald R. Hickey’s vintage account of defining Nebraska moments showcases triumph, tragedy, comedy, and accomplishments that may have occurred nowhere else and that display the wealthy tradition and heritage below the state’s deceptively quiet surface. There are moments that shine—surviving the Oregon and Mormon trails; finishing the Union Pacific Railroad; and profitable nationwide soccer championships, Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, and presidential nominations. There also are moments of darkness corresponding to the murders of loopy Horse, Malcolm X, and Brandon Teena; the lynchings of Will Brown and Juan Gonzalez; and the snow fall of 1888. jointly they evoke a dramatic heritage populated with the likes of Pedro Villasur, Willa Cather, and William Jennings Bryan. This re-creation additionally mines Nebraska’s newest historical past, including to the ever-changing, ever-intriguing photograph of this nice Plains nation. (20110403)

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The Quiet Revolutionaries: How the Grey Nuns Changed the by Susan Hudson

By Susan Hudson

The booklet acknowledges the achievements by way of a nineteenth-century group of girls spiritual, the gray Nuns of Lewiston, Maine. The founding in their clinic was once major in its time because the first sanatorium in that manufacturing unit urban; and is critical at the present time if one wishes a extra actual and inclusive background of ladies and healthcare in the US. the truth that this group lived in a antagonistic, Protestant-dominated, commercial setting whereas submerged in a French-Canadian Catholic international of ethnicity, culture and paternalism makes their accomplishments extra compelling.

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