Son of a Gambling Man by Bob Miller
My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor's Mansion

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A memoir of growing up in mob-run Sin City from a casino heir-turned-governor who’s seen two sides of every coin

When Bob Miller arrived in Las Vegas as a boy, it was a small, dusty city, a far cry from the glamorous, exciting place it is today. Driving the family car was his father Ross Miller, a tough guy—though a good family man—who had operated on both sides of the law on some of the meaner streets of industrial Chicago.

The Miller family was as close and as warm as “Ozzie and Harriet,” as long as you knew that Ozzie was a bookmaker and a business acquaintance of some very dubious criminal types.

As Bob grew up, so did Vegas, now a “town” of some two million. Ross Miller became a respectable businessman and partner in a major casino, though he was still capable of settling a score with his fists.

And Bob went on to law school, entering law enforcement and eventually becoming a popular governor of Nevada, holding office longer than anybody in the state’s history. And the Miller family's legacy continues. Bob's own son is presently serving as Secretary of State.

A warm family memoir, the story of a city heir, with just a little bit of The Godfather and Casino thrown in for spice, Son of a Gambling Man is a unique and thoroughly memorable story.


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Bob Miller - Author, Teacher, and Renowned Mathematician Bob Miller received his B.S. in the Unified Honors Program sponsored by the Ford Foundation and his M.S. in math from Polytechnic University. After the first class he taught (as a substitute for a full-time professor), he overheard one student say to another, "At least we have someone who can teach the stuff." From that moment on, he was hooked on teaching. Since then, Bob has taught at virtually every educational level, and has brought his math skills to classrooms at C.U.N.Y., Westfield State College, Rutgers, and Poly. Bob says, "I always feel great when students tell me they used to hate math or couldn't do math and now they like it more and can do it better." Bob considers teaching to be exceptionally rewarding, and he has broadened his teaching horizons to include math students beyond the classroom. His math test preps are specifically written in a fun and easy-to-follow style that students embrace. Bob says his goal as an author, teacher, and mathematician is to help students understand math so they can get the scores they need to excel on the TABE. With his numerous success stories, best-selling test preps, and over 30 years of experience, Bob has proven that his teaching methods get results!
Published March 12, 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books. 270 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The candid account of how the son of a casino owner who consorted with Chicago gangsters found his way into Nevada state politics and into the governor's mansion.

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Miller, Nevada’s longest-serving governor (1989 to 1999), opens this book by saying that it is not a typical autobiography. After a capable foreword by former President Bill Clinton, Miller writes lov

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(Certainly, Ross Miller’s stand-by-your-word honesty is something rarely practiced in politics.) But it’s clear that Bob Miller worked hard, in part, to show the state of Nevada that the son of a gambling man could rise to be a good district attorney, a good governor.

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