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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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.Jan 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Son of a Gambling Man: My Jou...
Miller, Nevadaâs 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 lovJan 28 2013 | Read Full Review of Son of a Gambling Man: My Jou...
(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.May 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Son of a Gambling Man: My Jou...
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