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Central Library Hosts Author Talk About Mobsters, Movie Stars And Casinos On U.S. - Mexico Border

The San Diego Public Library announces an author talk featuring local writer Paul J. Vanderwood and his book "Satan’s Playground: Mobsters and Movie Stars at America’s Greatest Gaming Resorts" on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor Auditorium of the Central Library, 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. This event is free to the public. Google Map

About the book:
"Satan’s Playground' chronicles the rise and fall of the tumultuous and lucrative gambling industry that developed just south of the U.S.-Mexico border in the early twentieth century. As prohibitions against liquor, horse racing, gambling, and prostitution swept the United States, the vice industry flourished in and around Tijuana, to the extent that reformers came to call the town “Satan’s Playground,” unintentionally increasing its licentious allure. Tijuana’s notorious gambling resorts would ultimately become mobster, Bugsy Siegel’s inspiration for the first casino on what is now known as the Las Vegas strip.

About the Author:
Paul J. Vanderwood is professor emeritus of Mexican history at San Diego State University. He is the author of several books including "Juan Soldado: Rapist, Murderer, Martyr, Saint," and "The Power of God Against the Guns of Government: Religious Upheaval in Mexico at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century."

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