"Vegas and the Mob" is the culmination of years of research. Being a stickler for confirmation and detail, I waded through over 500 pages of FBI files to substantiate dates, names, and actual incidents that led to the Mob's ability to take over the biggest Las Vegas casinos and bleed them dry through the skim of untaxed winnings. The Mob was ruthless, and stopped at nothing to get what they wanted the most: money.
Meanwhile, the FBI watched as the Mob took control of casino after casino, killed off the competition, and stole enough money to bribe their way to respectability back home. New York's "Lucky Luciano" was getting a taste of the profits in the 1930's, Detroit, Kansas City, and Chicago weren't far behind. By the 1940's, nearly every crime family in the United States had a stake in a Las Vegas casino. Some did better than others. Vegas casino owners watched-over their profits while competing crime families eyed the others success like jealous lovers. Murder often followed.