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The Green Felt Jungle, "The shocking documented truth about Las Vegas -- told for the first time in this controversial best seller that blasts the lid off the fabulous 'entertainment capital of the world' and lays bare a corrupt jungle of iniquity."

By Ovid Demaris (a former United Press correspondent and newspaper reporter, who wrote more than twenty books and hundreds of newspaper articles, most known for his Mafia exposes and biographies) and Ed Reid (who won a Pulitzer in 1951 for his investigations into Brooklyn organized crime).

Notable names included in the book: Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Gus Greenbaum, Benny Binion, Sam Giancana, Frank Sinatra, etc. Lots of celeb names dropped as well. Includes an appendix of casinos, owners and their percentages.

Contains black & white photos in the center of the book, primarily of mobsters, gangsters, and Mafia folks -- including grizzly crime scene photos.

Covers the history of Las Vegas, from founding to the early 1960s. Mafia, murder, mayhem all set back in the day.

The work was copyrighted in 1963; this is a First Thus -- the first printing, June 1964, of the Pocket Carnival book edition. Pocket Book #75037.

Mass market paperback book; 241 pages, including index.

Conditions: Modest signs of age / wear, including scuffs on covers. Pages starting to tan due to age, but otherwise crisp and clean. Previous owner's name inside front cover and, in pencil, on front free end page. No other writing; no rips. Binding is sound. Collectible conditions.

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The Green Felt Jungle Truth of Las Vegas Gambling Mobsters Mafia Prostitution Crime History by Ed Reid & Ovid Demaris Vintage Paperback Book


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Material: paper
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