- Books

Satan's Playground: Mobsters and Movie Stars at America's Greatest Gaming Resort #2020

Satan s Playground Mobsters and Movie Stars at America s Greatest Gaming Resort Satan s Playground chronicles the rise and fall of the tumultuous and lucrative gambling industry that developed just south of the U S Mexico border in the early twentieth century As prohibitions agai

  • Title: Satan's Playground: Mobsters and Movie Stars at America's Greatest Gaming Resort
  • Author: Paul J. Vanderwood
  • ISBN: 9780822347026
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • Satan's Playground: Mobsters and Movie Stars at America's Greatest Gaming Resort By Paul J. Vanderwood, Satan s Playground chronicles the rise and fall of the tumultuous and lucrative gambling industry that developed just south of the U.S Mexico border in the early twentieth century As prohibitions against liquor, horse racing, gambling, and prostitution swept the United States, the vice industry flourished in and around Tijuana, to the extent that reformers came to call tSatan s Playground chronicles the rise and fall of the tumultuous and lucrative gambling industry that developed just south of the U.S Mexico border in the early twentieth century As prohibitions against liquor, horse racing, gambling, and prostitution swept the United States, the vice industry flourished in and around Tijuana, to the extent that reformers came to call the town Satan s Playground, unintentionally increasing its licentious allure The area was dominated by Agua Caliente, a large, elegant gaming resort opened by four entrepreneurial Border Barons three Americans and one Mexican in 1928 Diplomats, royalty, film stars, sports celebrities, politicians, patricians, and nouveau riche capitalists flocked to Agua Caliente s luxurious complex of casinos, hotels, cabarets, and sports extravaganzas, and to its world renowned thoroughbred racetrack Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Louis B Mayer, the Marx Brothers, Bing Crosby, Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, and the boxer Jack Dempsey were among the regular visitors So were mobsters such as Bugsy Siegel, who later cited Agua Caliente as his inspiration for building the first such resort on what became the Las Vegas Strip.Less than a year after Agua Caliente opened, gangsters held up its money car in transit to a bank in San Diego, killing the courier and a guard and stealing the company money pouch Paul J Vanderwood weaves the story of this heist gone wrong, the search for the killers, and their sensational trial into the overall history of the often chaotic development of Agua Caliente, Tijuana, and Southern California Drawing on newspaper accounts, police files, court records, personal memoirs, oral histories, and true detective magazines, he presents a fascinating portrait of vice and society in the Jazz Age, and he makes a significant contribution to the history of the U.S Mexico border.

    • [↠ Satan's Playground: Mobsters and Movie Stars at America's Greatest Gaming Resort || ✓ PDF Download by ↠ Paul J. Vanderwood]
      411 Paul J. Vanderwood
    • thumbnail Title: [↠ Satan's Playground: Mobsters and Movie Stars at America's Greatest Gaming Resort || ✓ PDF Download by ↠ Paul J. Vanderwood]
      Posted by:Paul J. Vanderwood
      Published :2019-08-05T00:55:35+00:00

    1 thought on “Satan's Playground: Mobsters and Movie Stars at America's Greatest Gaming Resort

    1. Though he s frequently repetitive, and his organization could have been a lot straightforward, Vanderwood isn t a bad writer, and he does a decent job of evoking the amazing casino that sprang up in Tijuana in the late 1920s,along with te offbeat cast of characters that brought it to life The book also offers plenty of interesting detail about life in San Diego during that era I was glad to have read it but also happy to have a long plane trip on which to do it otherwise I might well have bogge [...]

    2. This is a great book by a great author Vanderwood colorfully tells the history of vice, tourism, and crime in Tijuana and San Diego He combines the best of his background in journalism and history The books only problem is that it bogs down half way through Vanderwood should have reigned this one in a little Still, he weaves together a number of fascinating stories into an important history of the San Diego Tijuana border in the 1920s.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *