The Battle for Las Vegas

The Battle for Las Vegas

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From the 1970s through the mid-1980s, the Chicago Outfit dominated organized crime in Las Vegas. To ensure the smooth flow of cash, the gangsters installed a front man with no criminal background, Allen R. Glick, as the casino owner of record, Frank a€œLeftya€ Rosenthal as the real boss of casino operations, and Tony Spilotro as the ultimate enforcer, whoa€™d do whatever it took to protect their interests. It wasna€™t long before Spilotro, also in charge of Vegas street crime, was known as the a€œKing of the Strip.a€ Federal and local law enforcement, recognizing the need to rid the casinos of the mob and shut down Spilotroa€™s rackets, declared war on organized crime. The Battle for Las Vegas relates the story of the fight between the tough guys on both sides, told in large part by the agents and detectives who knew they had to win.As a teen he got ajob at the Gibraltar Paper Box Company, going to high school during the day and working the afternoon shift at the plant. ... He was subsequently assigned to the Marine base at Lake Mead, Nevada, and spent the next 18 months guarding some of Americaa#39;s deadliest weapons. During his tour ... Within a few weeks McCarthy had taken and passed a civil service test and a physical exam.

Title:The Battle for Las Vegas
Author:Dennis N. Griffin
Publisher:Huntington Press Inc - 2006-04-25


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