It’s a Pleasure: The Men Who Ushered in the Era of the Floating Casino (Signed)

It’s a Pleasure: The Men Who Ushered in the Era of the Floating Casino (Signed)
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Three miles outside California’s jurisdiction amid the second half of the roaring twenties, a handful of bootleggers, gamblers, Mafiosi, and political fixers sank their earnings into a boisterous new venture. From kidnapping to killing, bouts with lawmen and public officials, and feuds among competing factions, It’s a Pleasure covers the events that defined the gambling ship era, the vessels where the magic happened, and the players who ushered in the offshore betting craze, some of whom are now considered founding fathers of modern-day Las Vegas. Los Angeles crime historian, Dr. J. Michael Niotta, reveals the rivalry between the powerful Spring Street gambling clique and the local mafia, highlighting the role of his great grandfather, L.A. godfather Jack Dragna, a co-owner in two of the earliest water gamblers on the West Coast. Moving toward the war years, Niotta delves into the glad-handing tactics and troubles of personable gambler Tony Cornero, and snapshots the industry’s abrupt end.

  • Title: It's a Pleasure: The Men Who Ushered in the Era of the Floating Casino
  • Author: Michael J. Niotta 
  • Paperback
  • Print length: 160 pages
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: America Through Time
  • Publication Date: August 22, 2022
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 0.31" x 9.25"
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634994163