Advance Praise

David G. Schwartz is our most gifted chronicler of Las Vegas history. Grandissimo is a riveting story not only of an eccentric and ambitious visionary but of Sin City at the crossroads.

–Beth Raymer, author of Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling

Schwartz has managed to capture the indefatigable spirit and wonderfully messy life  of the great Las Vegas casino man Jay Sarno in his affectionate but unflinching biography Grandissimo. It is a must-read for anyone who loves the real history of Las Vegas.

–John L. Smith, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist and author

This is a great book, one of the best about Las Vegas. With realism that jumps off the page, Schwartz tells the real, unvarnished story of one of the genuine visionaries of Las Vegas. Jay Sarno helped to make Las Vegas what it is today, and this book tells you how he did it.

–Oscar Goodman, former mayor of Las Vegas and Sarno’s attorney

Media Attention


Peter Greenberg Worldwide – Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace – January 18, 2014

Literary Las Vegas: David G. Schwartz

Gambling with an edge podcast:

Talk about Las Vegas with Ira:

Jay Sarno remembered for doing ‘something nobody had ever done before.'” Las Vegas Sun, March 3, 2014.

March 3, 2014: Jay Sarno Roundtable at UNLV. Panelists include: Oscar Goodman, Mel Larson, Dana Gentry, Jay C. Sarno, September Sarno, Freddie Sarno, and Heidi Sarno Straus.

I-Team: The Man Behind Modern-Day Las Vegas.” Las Vegas Now.

Gamblers Book Club Podcast

360 Vegas Podcast: