The Money and the Power

The Money and the Power

The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America

By Sally Denton; Roger Morris; Roger Morris (Joint Author)

Vintage, Paperback, 9780375701269, 516pp.

Publication Date: March 12, 2002


Las Vegas–the name evokes images of divorce and dice, prostitutes and payoffs, gangsters and glitz. But beneath it all is a sordid history that is much more insidious and far-reaching than ever imagined. Now, at the dawn of the new century, this neon maelstrom of ruthlessness and greed stands to not as an aberrant “sin city,” but as a natural outgrowth of the corruption and worship of money that have come to permeate American life.

The Money and the Power is the most comprehensive look yet at Las Vegas and its breadth of influence. Based on five years of intensive research and interviewing, Sally Denton and Roger Morris reveal the city’s historic network of links to Wall Street, international drug traffickers, and the CIA. In doing so, they expose the disturbing connections amongst politicians, businessmen, and the criminals that harness these illegal activities. Through this lucid and gripping indictment of Las Vegas, Morris and Denton uncover a national ethic of exploitation, violence, and greed, and provide a provocative reinterpretation of twentieth-century American history.

About the Author
Sally Denton is an investigative reporter, author, and historian who writes about the subjects others ignore-from a drug conspiracy in Kentucky to organized crime in Las Vegas; from corruption within the Mormon Church to the hidden history of Manifest Destiny; from one of America's bitterest political campaigns to the powerful forces against Franklin D. Roosevelt. She has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Public Scholar Fellowship, and the Black Mountain/Kluge Fellowship. She is the author of, among others, "The Money and the Power", "American Massacre", "The Bluegrass Conspiracy, "and "The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World".

Roger Morris is an award-winning author and investigative journalist who served on the senior staff of the National Security Council under presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including "Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician, 1913-1952 "and the bestselling "Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America," He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Morris hold a Ph.D in government from Harvard

Praise For The Money and the Power

“The history of Vegas’s dark underside . . . has seldom been so abundantly and compellingly told.” –The Washington Post Book World

“Riveting. . . Absorbing. . . A saga of underworld subculture that intersects with that of government agents, senators, and presidents and ranges from Cuba to Dallas to Watergate.”–The Wall Street Journal

“A must-read. . . . One of the most important non-fiction books published in the U.S. in [a] half century.” –Los Angeles Times

“Something on every page hits like a meat ax. In their unsparing, meticulous reporting, Denton and Morris produce a compelling, important dossier.”–New York Daily News