Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas


Grandissimo is the story of how Jay Sarno won and lost his casino empire, inventing modern Las Vegas along the way. 
In Grandissimo, you'll learn Jay's fascinating story, and also plenty of things you never knew about Las Vegas, including: 

  • the true story about how Jimmy Hoffa's Teamsters Union first started funding Sarno projects 
  • how Steve Wynn ended up answering the telephone in Hoffa's suite on the second day Caesars Palace was open  
  • how Sarno, represented by Oscar Goodman, beat a seemingly-airtight case against him when he was accused of offering the largest bribe in IRS history to an undercover agent  
  • how Sarno's unbuilt Grandissimo became the template for the 1990s "mega-resort" era in Las Vegas 

From start to finish, it's the story of the man who inspired modern Las Vegas.

Author: David G. Schwartz
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Winchester Books (October 3, 2013)