Nevada historian to present new book about the state

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Nevada-A-History-of-the-Silver-State_Hi-Res_smallNevada historian Michael S. Green will present his new book, Nevada: A History of the Silver State (University of Nevada Press, 2015) at a reading and book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Sundance Books and Music.

Green provides a detailed survey of the Silver State’s past, from the arrival of the early European explorers to the predominance of mining in the 1800s, the rise of world-class tourism in the twentieth century and more recent attempts to diversify the economy.

Of the numerous themes central to Green’s analysis of Nevada’s history, luck plays a significant role in the state’s growth. The miners and gamblers who first visited the state all bet on luck. Today, the biggest contributor to Nevada’s tourist economy, gaming, still relies on that same belief in luck. Nevada’s financial system has generally been based on a “one industry” economy: first mining and then gaming. Green delves deeply into the limitations of this structure while exploring the theme of exploitation of the land and overuse of the state’s natural resources.

Green covers many more aspects of the Silver State’s narrative, including the dominance of one region of the state over another, political forces and corruption, and the citizens’ often tumultuous relationship with the federal government. The book will appeal to scholars, students and other readers interested in Nevada history.

Green is an associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, specializing in 19th-century politics and the American West. He is the author of several books on these subjects, including Las Vegas: A Centennial History.

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