Unreal City

Unreal City

Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West

Book - 2014
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Describes the darker side of the history of Las Vegas and Black Mesa, Arizona, including the relocation of fifteen thousand Navajo to mine coal for cheap electricity for the Vegas Strip and the precipitous drop in the water level of Lake Mead.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2014]
ISBN: 9781568587486
Branch Call Number: 979.3135 N556u 2014
Characteristics: xxiv, 292 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Award-winning historian and journalist Judith Nies knows how the West was won, and valor and integrity didn’t have much to do with it. Lights dazzle in Las Vegas and water flows in Phoenix because an unholy alliance of politicians, developers, mobsters, and multinational corporations made a monu... Read More »

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Nov 21, 2016

I was extremely impressed with the in depth research and well developed journalism. This author has taken her time and fully explained the connections that the United States government has to illegal gaming, resource manipulation, and corruption within the system that allows our native Americans to continuously be taken advantage of. Native Americans struggle to this day on finding fair representation and resolution of conflicts that arise from treaties and deals made in bad faith. This country owes everything to the natives and this story should be made into a movie so that the real stars of the show will have an opportunity to have their story heard by a larger audience.

Jul 21, 2014

Who would have thought there was a connection between "Indian territorial disputes", Las Vegas development (sprawl), the Udall clan and Barry Goldwater? The story is enlightening, the style is good journalism, and if you have some knowledge of Western US history, it is a fast, pleasant read.


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