4 Sterne3. 3 Sterne1. 2 Sterne0. 1 Stern0. Sortieren: Standard, Hilfreichste, Neueste. ✗. Ein LovelyBooks-Nutzer. ✗. Ein LovelyBooks-Nutzervor 4 Jahren. After reading Wiseguy, I thought I would never be satisfied by another true-life mafia book again. Leave it to Pileggi to prove me wrong. Casino is not as good a . Casino (eBook, ePUB) - Pileggi, Nicholas . murder, infighting, and revenge, this “fascinating true-crime Mob history” is a high-stakes page-turner (Booklist).
pileggi nicholas casino book -Summary and Analysis of Black Mass: Pileggi unravels another fascinating true-crime Mob history. Weitere Informationen Sprache Englisch. Remo Gaggi Frankie Avalon: Dessen gleichnamiges Buch diente als Vorlage. Leave it to Pileggi to prove me wrong. Lester Diamond Don Rickles: Beginnen Sie mit dem Lesen von Casino: From Nicholas Pileggi, author of the bestselling Wiseguy -- the 1 bestseller that later became the hit movie Goodfellas -- comes this brilliantly told tale of love, marriage, adultery, murder and revenge Mafia-style, the true story of how the mob finally lost its stranglehold over the multi-billion-dollar casino gambling industry of Las Vegas. Billy Sherbert Alan King: Spitzenrezensionen Neueste zuerst Spitzenrezensionen. Es gelten unsere Allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen: Goodfellas Bloomsbury Film Classics. Viewed in the proper perspective, Mr. Geben Sie Ihre Mobiltelefonnummer ein, um die kostenfreie App zu beziehen. Diese Seite wurde zuletzt am 5. Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf. After reading Wiseguy, I thought I would never be satisfied by another true-life mafia book again. The facts concerning the skimming of the casinos by the mafia are quite entertaining.
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. The movie was a million times better.
I'm not even sure how the movie is based on this book. Even setting the movie aside the book is boring and overflowing with names.
The only way to keep all the names straight would be to write them all down to reference as you read. The writing skips from one person's perspective to another's so quickly and often that it's confusing and you have to keep going back to figure out who's being After reading and loving Wiseguy, Casino was a huge disappointment.
The writing skips from one person's perspective to another's so quickly and often that it's confusing and you have to keep going back to figure out who's being quoted.
Content-wise, the book is boring. There's only two stories- bad guys beating their women and stealing from casinos- repeated over and over and over.
Every time you think the story is building to something interesting, it just turns out to be the same old junk.
Save yourself the time- watch the movie, pass on the book. Dec 27, Andy Cooper rated it it was ok. This is an overrated book. But don't worry, all is not lost.
It just needs to be re-purposed and moved into a different genre. I am putting in a recommendation to officially change the title to The Encyclopedia of Mafia Run Casinos.
If you are looking for a well told story, then go somewhere else. Preferably back into Mario Puzo novels. On the other hand if you want to read a hastily put together story built by stacking facts and miscellaneous information on top of one another, then look no furth This is an overrated book.
On the other hand if you want to read a hastily put together story built by stacking facts and miscellaneous information on top of one another, then look no further.
It reads more like a mixture of an MTV True Life episode mixed in with some History Channel narration than it does like a story about an ambitious mobsters rise and fall in the land of ol' Las Vegas.
The story and the characters are there, but you'll have to go digging for them if you want to find the bones of things.
In this book, Pileggi relates the story of the last days of mob control of Las Vegas casinos, specifically the Stardust. If you have seen the movie Casino, you know the general story but the names and many facts were changed.
Pileggi does not let his writing get in the way of a good story. The book is made up primarily of interviews and long stretches of story-telling by "Lefty" Rosenthal himself, various mob informants, and an assortment of federal and state law enforcement agents.
Although th In this book, Pileggi relates the story of the last days of mob control of Las Vegas casinos, specifically the Stardust.
Although the last chapter is somewhat in need of an update Las Vegas has reinvented itself numerous times since the end of the mob and the "high roller" culture , it was a nice coda.
Too dry and force. The mob would not approve. Dec 30, Saman Kashi added it Shelves: Sep 24, Kris rated it really liked it.
I knew the minute Sharon Stone threw those chips in the air in the movie Casino that I was going to love this movie.
That love affair has never ended and then the book popped up on Bookbub and I was thoroughly excited! So much so that I bought the book, watched the movie, read the book and then watched the movie again.
One main difference is that the book actually uses all the real names of the individuals. This allows the reader to set off exploring more about the real people online and pull up I knew the minute Sharon Stone threw those chips in the air in the movie Casino that I was going to love this movie.
This allows the reader to set off exploring more about the real people online and pull up pictures to match names and faces. Of course, you can always use Pesci, DeNiro and Stone as the faces and still be ok.
But in the glory days, it was organized crime, primarily out of Los Angeles and Chicago, who owned Vegas. Lefty Rosenthal was a handicapper, bookmaker and odds man, trusted by the mob to go out to Vegas and run the Stardust and Hacienda Hotels.
The first part of the book introduces Lefty and his background as well as his best friend, Tony Spilotro, a well-known Chicago mobster.
After Lefty moves out to Vegas, he meets Geri McGee aka Ginger a well-known casino hustler and escort who works the punters as they come in to Vegas.
This despite her undying love for her ex-boyfriend, baby daddy Lenny. Tony Spilotro was sent to Vegas to keep an eye on Lefty and to secure their interests in the casino.
But Tony, cut free from his leash and keepers in Chicago, became a one crew crime spree. Bringing in his own people, he did burglaries, murders, jewelry heists, armed robbery, loan sharking etc.
The town was his for the taking and he took it all — including Geri. The movie closely followed the book so it will not disappoint film fans.
In fact, it will enhance the viewing experience and make you want to watch it all again — twice! Most of this book is gleaned from personal interviews with questionable characters, but how else would anyone get a handle on how the Mafia ran Las Vegas for 40 years?
Nicholas Pileggi does yeoman's work tracking down the main cops and culprits to paint a vivid picture of the casino industry when it was little short of a mob-front.
The book centers on the friendship of "Lefty" Frank Rosenthal, a world-renowned sports-handicapper and gambler when that was still a real federal crime, and Tony "the Most of this book is gleaned from personal interviews with questionable characters, but how else would anyone get a handle on how the Mafia ran Las Vegas for 40 years?
The book centers on the friendship of "Lefty" Frank Rosenthal, a world-renowned sports-handicapper and gambler when that was still a real federal crime, and Tony "the Ant" Spilotro, a small-time thug with an outsized ego.
They both grew up on the streets of West Side Chicago and learned to make their own gray or black-market incomes before moving on to bigger things.
When a former real-estate broker named Allen Glick bought the Stardust casino in using Teamster Central States Pension funds of which the Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Chicago mobs all had a piece , the mafia let him know that they were going to be effective owners, and Lefty would be their procounsel and effective manager.
Tony meanwhile moved out to Vegas as the head of a crew who would bust into safes and run small-time fleecing operations, but his notoriety eventually hurt both Lefty's and the mob's prospects.
Yet before an unrelated Kansas-City murder case, the insane note-keeping habits of Kansas mobman Carl Deluna, and bug opened up the whole operation, the mafia in Las Vegas was "skimming" billions a year from casinos and running much of the town.
Of course, this book was later turned into a classic Martin Scorsese movie of the same name, which is very faithful to it, but the book does give one a better window into the mechanics and funding of the mob, and how it grew to almost unimaginable wealth and power.
It's a great story. May 30, Johnathon rated it really liked it. Pileggi does a great job getting interviews and stories from his subjects, from Lefty, the FBI and various other mobsters, and let's them tell the story.
It is a story so crazy it has to be true Lefty at one point had a popular talk show where he interviewed O. The result is an enjoyable page turner well-worth reading, but not a classic true crime novel on how the mob left Las Vegas.
Jun 26, Debbie rated it did not like it Shelves: Scorscese's work is infinitely more interesting, but it's a fictional account based on this book.
The best description is that it is bare bones. I kept wanting broader descriptions and background. Perhaps my dissatisfaction stems from my recent reading of various types of Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction titles.
For instance, Pileggi quotes Rosenthal as saying, after Jerry's passing, that lots of folks suspected him of killing her or arranging her death.
But he paid a considerable sum to have Scorscese's work is infinitely more interesting, but it's a fictional account based on this book.
But he paid a considerable sum to have determined her actual cause of death. That's all that was said. You hear what is missing, too, don't you.
The full book was that way. An excellent story about the mobs influence in Las Vegas, centering around two characters, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, professional gambler and casino manager, and Anthony Spilotro, Chicago mobster.
The story recounts the teamster financing of casinos, the business fronts, the mobster bosses, the murders, the skim, the thievery, the corruptions, and how it all fell apart with multiple players going to jail, or being murdered by their own associates.
The book was a good read, and the movie rendition An excellent story about the mobs influence in Las Vegas, centering around two characters, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, professional gambler and casino manager, and Anthony Spilotro, Chicago mobster.
The book was a good read, and the movie rendition reflected the book's story. What an insane book! It's crazy thinking how the Mafia was operating there.
Made me think a lot about Vegas Anyone wanting to know some Mafia history about Vegas would find this book a must read. This is one of those times when I'm not sure which is better-the book or the movie because they are both sensational.
Aug 04, Jcshumate rated it liked it. It's funny that the book that provided the narrative for an awesomely overstuffed three-hour film epic could be this short and breezy and still provide more detail than the film.
Books and movies are different from each other I guess. I think I liked Wiseguy more but i read that 20 years ago, which is weird to say out loud.
Compelling read Given Casino is one of my favorite movies, I thought I should at least read the book. It flows very well but I did find it hard to remember who was talking at some points.
A lot of characters sometimes made it hard to follow. But, congratulations to Mr Pileggi for documenting a very interesting part of Las Vegas history.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hearing the real names instead of made up names in the movie.
Liked how the movie was pretty true to the book. Because they were so similar the book was not as exciting. It's always better to read books first then watch movie.
Tony Spilotro was a crazy SOB. I found his stories to be the most entertaining. He did not care what anyone thought of him.
I want to read Enforcer now. May 12, Ben Tuthill rated it liked it. Pileggi does another good novel. Casino is a good story about the mob in Vegas.
As others have said the movie follows the book well but not exactly, the book goes into more detail and the movie changed some things to make it better for the screen.
Overall a good story but it does get bogged down in spots. Although interesting and true, there are no good guys in this story only degrees of bad.
Enjoyable As a fan of the movie, I bought this to read while having some down time, a little escapism! I found it quite enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone who likes reading the type of books that you can verify on Wikipedia or Google.
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That it took so long for authorities to convict the crooks is staggering. They again, only in America.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. If you read "Wiseguy" and want more of the same kind of true-life crime stories, this is a worthy follow-up to Pileggi's other book.
The same kind of thievery and bloody violence and more tales from the mafia is what this book is about, and a lot more interesting then the movie.
It is like goodfellas meets Vegas. If you have seen the movie Casino, it tells slot more in depth as to the history of Anthony Spilotro and Lefty Rosenthal.
If you have seen the movie Casino you need to read the book.