A Man of His Word



                Hardcover/Kindle  604 pages 
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   Click here to watch an interview with Senator Bill Raggio and Michael Archer,  July 2011   

 William J. Raggio was one of Nevada's best-known and most admired citizens. During his thirty-eight years as a lawmaker he became the most influential leader in the history of the Nevada Legislature, and was often referred to by both admirers and critics as "Nevada's Shadow Governor."

Before he was a lawmaker, Bill Raggio was a law enforcer. As a gutsy district attorney, he fought corruption in the Reno city government and personally prosecuted some of the most heinous crimes ever committed in Nevada.

Starting when Reno was still Nevada's gaming and entertainment capital, Bill’s engaging personality and reputation as a tough prosecutor and brilliant legal mind drew to him the Nation’s most famous and powerful. His long legal feud with infamous brothel owner Joe Conforte is legendary.

From Presidents and other luminaries in the political, legal and business world, to sports figures and entertainers, including his warm friendship with Frank Sinatra, Bill Raggio’s story is an exciting ride through the last sixty years of Nevada history.

Michael Archer first met Senator Raggio in 2003 while working as a seasonal senate attaché with the Nevada State Legislature. During the nearly three years it required the author to research and write A Man of His Word, Senator Raggio provided him with over fifty hours of interviews, as well as access to a lifetime of personal records. In addition, the author sifted through decades of news sources and historical resources and personally conducted scores of interviews with those who knew Raggio during the course of his nearly sixty years of public service.






Author Michael Archer's thorough research reveals his intellectual honesty and literary balance... A Man of His Word is much more than a biography; it is a wonderful narrative of Nevada history throughout the 20th Century."  Judge David A. Hardy, Second Judicial District Court, State of Nevada

"Mr. Archer has rendered the people of Nevada a fascinating history lesson on one of our state's most successful individuals." 
Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Minority Leader

"Bill Raggio, is one of the most decent men I have ever known, and Michael Archer has captured his persona." Oscar Goodman, "Mob lawyer" and former Mayor of Las Vegas 

“Archer also provides valuable insight into the changes that have occurred in Nevada from mid-twentieth century to the present…a must read for scholars of Nevada history and a book every Nevadan will love.” 
Richard H. Bryan, former U.S. Senator and Governor of Nevada

“Michael Archer has done an impeccable job in relating the fascinating career of one of Nevada’s most outstanding citizens. What an exciting ‘ride’ through the history of Nevada over the last fifty plus years!” 
Frank Fahrenkopf, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee