“Greetings from Las Vegas” Out Soon!

Greetings from Las Vegas CoverI am excited to announce that my latest pictorial history “Greetings from Las Vegas” will be available this September.  Humorous and informative, the book visually celebrates Las Vegas’ evolution from a dusty railroad town to the world’s entertainment capital.

Here’s a link to pre-order from the publisher.

In the 1920s, Fremont Street was Las Vegas’ modest commercial center.  After gambling’s legalization in 1931, its several blocks exploded with increasingly elaborate neon displays that would forever cement downtown’s identity as Glitter Gulch.  The book also examines the fascinating blend of myth and fact surrounding the creation of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas’ initial branding embraced the Old West, transitioning to sleek modernism in the 1950s, then to the exaggerated themed environments of the Strip so familiar today.  All are explored in the book.

Spectacular nightlife has been as essential as gambling in the rise of Las Vegas.  The book documents the invention of the lounge act, dazzling stage productions, gorgeous showgirls, legendary entertainers, and the antics of the Rat Pack.”

Chapter titles include Frontier Town, Glitter Gulch, Birth of the Strip, Boomtown, Vegas Modern, Tiki Vegas, Motel Paradise, Vegas and the Mob, the Rat Pack, Breaking the Color Barrier, and Swinging ‘60s and Beyond.  Numerous amateur photos show the fun average folks had both day and night.

More information about the book will be forthcoming.

About Peter Moruzzi

Author and historian Peter Moruzzi is passionate about the middle decades of the 20th century: its nightlife, classic dining, and architecture. Born in Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Hawaii, Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) an architectural preservation group. He is the author of "Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground," "Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour From Palm Springs to the Salton Sea," "Classic Dining:Discovering America's Finest Mid-Century Restaurants," "Palm Springs Paradise: Vintage Photographs from America's Desert Playground," and "Greetings from Los Angeles." His latest pictorial history, "Greetings from Las Vegas" will be available in September, 2019.
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2 Responses to “Greetings from Las Vegas” Out Soon!

  1. J.R. Roberts says:

    Awesome Pete!! Big Congrats! Can’t wait to see it.

    With good thoughts,


    J.R. Roberts Hon. Mayor pro tem City of Palm Springs



  2. Todd Warriner says:

    Mr Moruzzi,
    Look forward to getting your new book when it comes out. I have several of your other book and have enjoyed them very much.
    All The Best


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