Item description for The Stardust of Yesterday: Reflections on a Las Vegas Legend by Jesse Dunaway Heidi Knapp Rinella...
The shows! The stars! That out of this world big sign! The Stardust of Yesterday takes a look at this Vegas institution which has graced the skyline since 1958. Meet the big names who performed on the stages of the Stardust showroom along with the everyday people who worked behind the scenes.
* Foreword by famed magicians Siegfried and Roy who got their big break at the Stardust.
* Full of historical and contemporary photographs of the casino from its creation to the present.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.1" Width: 9" Height: 1" Weight: 2.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2006
Publisher Stephens Press
ISBN 1932173706 ISBN13 9781932173703
Reviews - What do customers think about The Stardust of Yesterday: Reflections on a Las Vegas Legend?
The "Dust" Feb 8, 2008
I stayed at the "Dust" in the late 1960's and I always went back. If you ever stayed, you'll love this book. It covers all the TIMES, evn Lefty Rosenthal's time. If you look close, you'll see the current(2008) mayor Oscar Goodman at the defense table for Lefty. Mayor Goodman was Lefty's mouthpiece in the early days. Best of Times in Vegas and best wishes. St Louis Frank www.7dice7.com
A Good Book With A Large History Of Pictures. Mar 9, 2007
I actually bought this book in the lobby of the Stardust a week before it closed. Initially, I found it morbid that they already spoke of the Stardust in past tense about what a shame it was gone as I sat in my hotel room... in the Stardust. It was like talking about someone in past tense while they're in the room listening to your conversation, not quite as dead as conversation would lead one to believe.
That aside, the book tells a lot of history of the hotel/casino, and is filled with lots of great pictures and fond memories of guests and employees of the Stardust. The book covers a lot of behind-the-scenes aspects of the casino, the shows that ran during its existence, and the celebrities which frequented the casino.
I think the saddest part of the book was the fact that it really did point out how innovative the Stardust was in changing the face of entertainment on the Strip. Such a great hotel with a lot of personality, closed down to make way for yet another casino/hotel/condo/mall hybrid Vegas seems so intent on placing all over the Strip in lieu of everything else these days.
Since buying the book, I've been back to Vegas, and now the Stardust is indeed closed in the past tense, and torn apart in a lot of places to be readied for implosion. After reading the book and looking at the ruins, I found a bittersweet sense of admiration for a casino that seemed to be so important to so many people, and now is shortly about to be wiped away from existence forever.
An interesting and sentimental read for those who enjoy the history of 1950's Vegas and enjoyed the casino itself.