Casino by Nicholas Pileggi - CASINO From Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy —the #1 bestseller that became Martin Scorsese's Academy Award–winning film. From Nicholas Pileggi, author of the bestselling Wiseguy -- the #1 demand with the simultaneous release of " Casino " the book and the movie. I found ' Casino ' to be an exciting true life story of the real Vegas of the 70's & early 80's. Nicholas Pileggi, has written this book with obvious rsearch and passion. Casino by Nicholas Pileggi. The fun is over All in all, a good read but the first half of the book was more interesting for me personally, before the descent into the messed-up relationships of the main characters. So I started reading everything. You've got money in your pocket and you feel like you can take on the world. If you were betting Stacy, you had to know those odds, or you'd be picked clean. Dec 30, Saman Kashi added it Shelves: I'm still standing in line waiting for the phone when I hear the announcer and I know I'm dead. They became the most notorious gang in the history of organized crime, excelling in extortion, numbers running, loansharking, and drug peddling. Love, greed and betrayal in the Las Vegas mob. Nora Ephron —; her death. The authors seem enamored of their subject's casual violence. Feb 13, Deyth Banger rated it it was amazing Shelves: How Tony died and his brother, how they all got caught and was listened to and followed, how the fbi worked back then and the metro police! I was concentrating on a. Starting from his childhood through his time in Vegas. Here is a book that the movie with the same title was based on. However, for me, this book was just okay. Informed by local insurance brokers of the whereabouts of the best jewels, Mr. In a startling act of conscience, Cooley walked into the office of the U. In Chicago we had Benny the Book. The book would have to be great, too, right? The movie versions of both were co-written and directed by Martin Scorsese. It's not bad, but it's seems to be a cheap sequel to Wiseguy. The book is a demolition derby of absolute jerks. It was so sweet it should have lasted forever, but Lefty's obsession with running the town -- and Tony's obsession with Lefty's beautiful showgirl wife Geri -- eventually led to the betrayals and investigations that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in the mob's history.