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What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data, Lifeblood of Big Business and the End of Privacy as We Know It Hardcover – 2 September 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1 edition (2 September 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781610394185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610394185
  • ASIN: 1610394186
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 45.4 g
  • Customer Reviews: 3.6 out of 5 stars21 customer ratings

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One of the Washington Post's 50 Notable Nonfiction Books of 2014

"[A] masterpiece...Tanner's book is one of the best business books written this year; in fact, it is one of the best business books in this century. It reminds me of Joe Nocera's first book, A Piece of the Action, in that it combines detailed knowledge of his subject matter with an excellent writing style, countless personal interviews and observations of events." Don McNay, Huffington Post

"What Stays in Vegasis an engrossing, story-packed takedown of the data industry...What Stays in Vegas offers a narrative that transforms Big Data from spreadsheet-dull to a racy read people will pay attention to." Financial Times

"The book provides an insider's look at the business of assembling, packaging and reselling data, and it uses glittery Las Vegas to show that kind of information at work." Dina Temple-Raston, Washington Post

"Mr. Tanner's engaging book is realistic." Marc Levinson, Wall Street Journal

"Although 'What Stays in Vegas' starts with insights gained from casino data, the book is even more interesting when it delves into the occasionally questionable practices of other businesses that use personal data for profit." Kim Ukura, Madison (WI) Capital Times

"[A] very readable account about our disappearing privacy...What Stays in Vegas is both readable and entertaining, and in a similar manner as Michael Lewis's writings, Tanner provides interesting stories about the people and companies that are now so directly involved in our personal lives." Winnipeg Free Press

"I would recommend the Tanner book with the excellent title of What Stays in Vegas." Inside Higher Ed

"A compelling read on what companies are doing, how they get our information, what they do with it, and how some business approaches are more respectful of privacy than others" Irish Times

"Tanner illustrates his arguments with a traditional, vivid example from the business and entertainment world: Caesars Palace in Las Vegas...Tanner weaves this example into a gripping account of the modern direct-marketing industry... In this fascinating look at the dazzling if suffocating domain of digital information gathering, Tanner concludes that it is returning us to a world of farms and villages, where intimate details of everyone's lives were public knowledge."Kirkus Reviews, *starred* review

"Although What Stays in Vegas starts with insights gained from casino data, the book is even more interesting when it delves into the occasionally questionable practices of other businesses that use personal data for profit." Capital Times, (Madison (WI)

"Data may be to the 21st century economy what oil was to the 20th, a hugely valuable asset essential to economic life and often a source of conflict. This entertaining yet deeply informative book is a great guide to what has, or hasn't, happened and to what lies ahead." Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, & President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University

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By tracking the highly successful marketing tactics of Las Vegas casinos, and Caesars in particular, Adam Tanner exposes how businesses can succeed by harvesting and manipulating the increasing amount of data available about our private lives...with often devastating consequences.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I found this to be a most enlightening book and ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2016
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Andy Orrock
4.0 out of 5 stars The well-known tale of quants taking over Caesars gets a fresh, inviting look here
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not your personal business anymore.... and it darned sure isn't staying in Vegas!
Reviewed in the United States on 29 October 2015
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Fred Forbes
3.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Vegas.
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Jeffrey Heilbrunn
4.0 out of 5 stars This is all about one companies amazing use of big data
Reviewed in the United States on 9 November 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining, well researched, and engaging to the very end...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and well written
Reviewed in the United States on 31 December 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spooked Me Out - Don't Read If Feeling Paranoid !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, easy read
Reviewed in the United States on 18 February 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on 27 March 2015
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Floyd J. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good definition of the many pieces of information about us
Reviewed in the United States on 15 November 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too exciting but Presents fairly obvious details in an easy to read manner.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much dialog
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