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Making Monte Carlo : a history of speculation and spectacle, Mark Braude

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Making Monte Carlo : a history of speculation and spectacle
Title
Making Monte Carlo
Title remainder
a history of speculation and spectacle
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Mark Braude
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History of speculation and spectacle
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eng
Summary
A rollicking narrative history of Monte Carlo, capturing its nineteenth-century rise as the world{u2019}s first modern casino-resort and its Jazz Age heyday as infamous playground of the rich. Monte Carlo has long been known as a dazzling playground for the rich and famous. Less well known are the shrewd and often ruthless strategies that went into creating such a potent symbol of luxury and cosmopolitan glamour. As historian Mark Braude reveals in his entertaining and informative Making Monte Carlo, the world{u2019}s first modern casino-resort started as an unlikely prospect{u2014}with the legalization of gambling in tiny Monaco in 1855{u2014}and eventually emerged as the most glamorous gambling destination of the Victorian era. The resort declined in the wake of WWI, and was reinvented, again, to suit the styles and desires of the new Jazz Age tastemakers, such as F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gerald and Sarah Murphy, and Coco Chanel. Along the way, we encounter a colorful cast of characters, including the fast-talking Francois Blanc (a professional gambler, stock market manipulator, and founder of Monte Carlo); Basil Zaharoff (notorious munitions dealer and possible secret owner of the casino in the 1920s); Elsa Maxwell (a brash society figure and Hollywood maven, hired as the casino{u2019}s publicist); Réné Léon (a visionary Jewish businessman, who revitalized the resort after WWI); Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, and other satellite members of Serge Diaghilev{u2019}s Ballet Russes dance company; as well as Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway and other American expats who {u2018}colonized{u2019} the Riviera in the 1920s
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contains biographical information
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Making Monte Carlo : a history of speculation and spectacle, Mark Braude
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-276) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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Contents
Preface: Monte Carlo stories -- The cunning and the easily duped -- The art of misdirection -- The antechamber of death -- Complete disorder reigns -- We do not approve of gaming houses -- A whole town remains to be built! -- This little paradise -- Karl Marx's cough -- Prodigal sons and wayward daughters -- Monaco at war -- The merchant of death -- Salvation by exile -- The blue train -- A monument to frivolity -- Enter Elsa -- The fast life -- One-way street -- Postscript: Faites vos jeux
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sky2ocm74320938
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
ix, 289 pages
Isbn
9781476709697
Lccn
2015008580
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Making Monte Carlo : a history of speculation and spectacle, Mark Braude
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-276) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Monte Carlo stories -- The cunning and the easily duped -- The art of misdirection -- The antechamber of death -- Complete disorder reigns -- We do not approve of gaming houses -- A whole town remains to be built! -- This little paradise -- Karl Marx's cough -- Prodigal sons and wayward daughters -- Monaco at war -- The merchant of death -- Salvation by exile -- The blue train -- A monument to frivolity -- Enter Elsa -- The fast life -- One-way street -- Postscript: Faites vos jeux
Control code
sky2ocm74320938
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
ix, 289 pages
Isbn
9781476709697
Lccn
2015008580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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