Casino has ratings and reviews. Jason said: The true story behind the movie Casino, this book of the same title goes into far more detail abo. CASINO From Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy —the #1 bestseller that became Martin User Review – Not Available – Book Verdict. Casino is a journey into s Las Vegas and a riveting nonfiction account of the world film Goodfellas—Nicholas Pileggi reveals how the pair worked together to oversee Las User Review – Not Available – Book Verdict.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Casino by Nicholas Pileggi. Casino pileggii Nicholas Pileggi. At the heart of this true tale of love, revenge, and murder Mafia-style are some of the most memorable characters in mob lore: Lefty, the brains of the mob’s Vegas casinos; Tony Spilotro, the mob’s muscle; and Geri, Lefty’s adulterous show-girl wife.
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Published December 31st by Pocket Books first published January 1st Las Vegas, Nevada United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Casinoplease sign up. Lists with Lileggi Book. Aug 16, Jason added it. The true story behind the movie “Casino”, this book of the same title goes into far more detail about the rise and fall of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal.
As you read it, you notice that the movie changed certain details – more than likely to caisno better to film. The reality is far more brutal and fascinating than the movie however. Anyone who has any interest in the inner workings of casinos or old Las Vegas should read this! Dec 27, George K. Nichola reading and entertaining book on organized crime in the Las Vegas casino system.
This is where the author overlooks certain warning signs about his main subject. AES is a common ailment of b Fast reading and entertaining book on organized crime in the Las Vegas casino system. AES is a common ailment of books in this genre. I’m talking about you, Howie Carr. The authors seem enamored of their pilegti casual violence. While Pileggi sometimes includes contradictory testimony from antagonists to the criminals, he does pileggk give any guideposts to let you know who is the bigger bull-crapper.
Casino by Nicholas Pileggi
Thus I am not sure how well researched this book is, though Pileggi seems to have have interviewed different people besides Rosenthal. Pileggi does not give a good sense of the times or the background of Las Vegas in the 70’s. Still an interesting read, and a decent primer on Vegas casino corruption. It’s always entertaining to bok mobsters turn savagely on each other, though not so entertaining when innocents get hurt and the author ho-hums that particular detail.
Page of the Pocket Books edition This book spills the goods as if being whispered on the down low in the back booth of some ;ileggi amidst a smoky cigarette haze. The bits and pieces of this true-life crime drama, particularly the first-person narratives, are amazing in their candor. However, the age of the book has taken a nicholss. Social media is now center stage, and what was once over-the-top and tawdry is now a bit muted.
The stories of corruption grab interest, but the shock value no longer carries the book.
The narrative lacks a strong and balanced storyline to highlight the good material. One of the best books about the mob in Las Vegas.
It so happens that the complex web surrounding Frank Rosenthal in Las Vegas was one of the most difficult organized crime-related operations in Vegas. Pileggi clearly describes the power struggles between the various players in great detail. Feb 13, Deyth Banger rated it it was amazing Shelves: The fun is over February 13, — No, you got only my ass And that’s what they want Now one glitch gonna blow everything They have been caught So gruesome and so nasty Feb 21, P.
Here is a book that the movie with the same title was based on. Of course the book goes into more detail about the life of Lefty Rosenthal. Starting from his childhood through his time in Vegas. Overall this is a good book with the parts of Vegas bring back memories of the old casinos that are no longer there. It was also amazing how at one time he was running the book for four casinos. This book has a lot of details and history that was interesting to read. I also remember reading about the fra Here is a book that the movie with the same title was based on.
I also remember reading about the framer who found the bodies in his field years later and they turned out to be that of Tony Spilotro, and that of his brother many, many years after he went missing from Vegas. Overall it was a good story about old Vegas.
I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www. Nicholas Pileggi uses first-hand accounts to cobble together a chronicle of the rise and fall of mob influence in Las Vegas, centered around an expert gambler named Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, who oversaw the casino skimming operations, and his childhood friend Tony Spilotro, who acted as an enforcer for the mob. Being that Casino is one of my favorite Scorsesi films, I was interested in reading about the real life figures the characters were based on Nicholas Pileggi uses first-hand accounts to cobble together a chronicle of the rise and fall of mob influence in Las Vegas, centered around an expert gambler named Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, who oversaw the casino skimming operations, and his childhood friend Tony Spilotro, who acted as an enforcer for the mob.
Being that Casino is one of my favorite Scorsesi films, I was interested in reading about the real life figures the characters were based on. While the names in the film were changed Lefty became “Ace” and Tony became “Nicky” I was surprised by how closely the movie stuck to the actual events. The film, though, benefited from the fictitious POV of Nicky, whereas the book wasn’t so lucky as the real life Tony Spilotro much like his filmic counterpart – spoilers was murdered before he could ever have the opportunity to tell his side of the story.
Anything we know about Tony is gleaned from the people who best knew him. As it is this, the book is very interesting at parts, but also felt a bit slow. This is one of those rare moments where I’d advise people to see the movie instead. Even if the film sensationalizes the true events to a degree, it’s mostly faithful, and just much more entertaining.
Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas
Another case of the book being better than the movie. Sometimes movies just don’t have the time to really explain the characters and their situations. For example, although it is said that Geri Rosenthal habitually used alcohol and drugs in the movie pi,eggi they didn’t use her real name, of coursethey never mentioned that she was also helping out some of her family members, like her year old daughter, her sister, and her mother.
What I thought was amazing was how much money was moving nook Another ppileggi of the book being better than the movie. What I thought was amazing was how much money was moving through Vegas, ;ileggi back in the 60’s and 70’s. No wonder the crime syndicates foamed at the mouth over that place. Another thing that the movie never addressed was how many other casinos in Vegas oileggi being skimmed on a regular basis.
In addition to The Stardust, the “takes” at Tropicana and The Sands were getting skimmed during those times – in addition to a lot of other plleggi places.
This was nicholae very good book that I would recommend highly. However, if you have a problem with profanity, you may want to reconsider reading it. If you saw the movie based on this book it is a must read.
The town was simpler then. No stop lights on L V Blvd, ah, the good old days how I miss them, and nothing much beyond Tropicana. This is caisno Las Vegas when the mob was there and the police were none too polite if you showed a shady side.
To this day public employees are fingerprinted. After seeing the movie my sister remarked, “The book wasn’t that violent, was it? It takes this book to give you the real names, actions an If you saw the movie based on this book it is a must read.
It takes this book to give you the real names, actions and outcomes in clinical and fascinating detail. You will notice where film and fact deviate. Pileggi interviewed the few “surviving” participants and came up with a compelling book.
Geri McGee, “Lefty” Rosenthal’s wife was a dittzy bimbo who slept around, and he loved her to distraction. Tony Spilatro and his brother did end-up face down in a cornfield. What we think of cliche sometimes comes out to be the real thing Sep 17, Johnny Moscato rated it it was ok. After reading and loving Wiseguy, Casino was a huge disappointment.