The author is the daughter of mobster David Berman. She grew up in Las Vegas when the city was being created. She is painfully honest about what it was like to grow up in Las Vegas before it was glitz, glamour and bright lights. From the "mobsters" to the stars and from the dusty desert beginnings to the Vegas of Steve Wynn, this book explores it all. I read it because I have never been there and am going next week. It was the homework before the field trip and I am glad I read it.