September 15: Wiseguy Speaker Series: Nevadans Who Fought the Mob, An Exclusive Members-Only Event
Nevadans Who Fought the Mob.
Despite the power of the Mob in Las Vegas from 1940s-80s, a few Nevadans – journalists, politicians, publishers and businessmen – fought back. UNLV history professor and Mob Museum Board member Michael Green will share the compelling stories of these men, Hank Greenspun, Grant Sawyer and Ned Day, whose battles with organized crime reveal much about Nevada’s economy and politics, then and now.
Wiseguy Speaker Series presents Members with programming including guest speakers, authors and those who actually experienced the history found within our walls.
Michael Green is an associate professor of history at UNLV, where he also teaches in the Honors College. Winner of the American Historical Association’s 2013 Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, he is the author or co-author of ten books, including Nevada: A History of the Silver State, the first completely new textbook on Nevada history published in twenty-five years; Las Vegas: A Centennial History; Nevada: A Journey of Discovery (a middle-school textbook); and A Liberal Conscience: Ralph Denton, Nevadan, the oral history of a lawyer, politician and civil rights advocate. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history at UNLV and his Ph.D. in history at Columbia University. He is the author of several books and articles on the Civil War era, most recently Lincoln and the Election of 1860. He is a columnist for Vegas Seven and Nevada’s Washington Watch, and the author of the “Nevada Yesterdays” radio series for Nevada Humanities and KNPR. He is a member of the board of directors of the Mob Museum and of Preserve Nevada.