The First 100

1249Our award-winning collection of biographies of the 100 most influential Las Vegans features the explorers, builders, outlaws, gamblers, and 14-karat characters who transformed Las Vegas from a desert waterhole into the extraordinary city it is today.

The First 100 brings to life the incredible men and women who ushered Las Vegas to the forefront of popular culture. From Mob boss Bugsy Siegel to millionaire eccentric Howard Hughes, Rat Pack crooner Frank Sinatra to flamboyant showman Liberace, powerful basketball icon Jerry Tarkanian to banking king (and casino kingmaker) E. Parry Thomas, Bob Martin, considered the dean of all bookmakers, to Benny Binion, who founded the World Series of Poker, and from Mayme Stocker, the woman who owned Las Vegas’ first-ever casino license, to Bob Stupak, Kirk Kerkorian, and Steve Wynn.

The First 100 profiles are punctuated by hundreds of black-and-white photographs, many never-before published.