Dunes Hotel Book Reviews

Cat H.

4.0 out of 5 stars  Detailed history of the time period leading to the building of the Dunes in Las Vegas.

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 28, 2022

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J. Guigli

5.0 out of 5 stars Important Las Vegas History

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 22, 2022

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I have been reading about the Mob and Las Vegas for almost fifty years, yet this author has provided a book that touches on things that I still did not know. Thank you, Geno Munari! The book is a wonderful mix of Geno’s research and personal experience in Las Vegas. Anyone interested in Las Vegas and Mob history would benefit from reading this book.

rita sliman-zohrob

5.0 out of 5 stars The Dunes Hotel

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 18, 2022

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Great Book! Thank you Geno for telling this story!
Great read for those of us who loved Vegas in its best days!

Thomas O. Fohne

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vegas Insider Information

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 21, 2022

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Great history of the early Vegas days. Interesting information on
a meeting concerning plans for the Kennedy assassination.


5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any Dunes fan or Vegas aficionado

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 1, 2022

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A detailed history of one of the greatest Vegas Casinos and the Union connections of Las Vegas

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Phillip F. Nelson


Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 8, 2022

Geno Munari’s 2021 book Las Vegas’ Dunes Hotel-Casino: The Mob, The Connections, The Stories is the “Go-To” 500+ page book for anyone wishing to understand the tenor of the four decades of the golden years of Las Vegas history beginning in 1955, with the Dunes Hotel-Casino as its centerpiece. The book is filled with detailed stories of the good, the bad and the ugly elements of the Las Vegas underworld and the characters who populate it, or visit briefly as well-heeled tourists and Hollywood stars.

Some of the stories contain fascinating insights of famous people, others reveal the poignant or sentimental sides of people not known for those traits; Marlon Brando’s love for Wally “Mr. Peepers” Cox, from the time they were boyhood friends until Cox’s death in 1973 was one such piece. After the funeral, Brando snuck into Cox’s home through a back window and did not reveal himself to the other stars; he would later keep the urn with Cox’s remains close by, even under the seat of his car as he drove around.

I believe that Mr. Munari has written an excellent, veritable account of a historic facts and compiled it brilliantly in a very easy-to-read book that is a joy to read. The book makes for excellent reading for anyone wishing to attain a better understanding of the “Wild West” 1950s-80s during the amazing growth of this gambling mecca.