Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

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Medford Press/Plexus Pub., 2002 - History - 278 pages
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From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reaching history offers a riveting account of its past 100 years—from the city's heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era. A colorful cast of characters, led by Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, populates this stranger-than-fiction account of corrupt politics and the toxic power structure that grew out of guile, finesse, and extortion. Atlantic City's shadowy past—through its rise, fall, and rebirth—is given new light in this revealing, and often appalling, study of legislative abuse and organized crime.

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Review: Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

User Review  - Tiffany - Goodreads

This is well written and mostly well-researched book. One glaring error was that one of the founders of Atlantic City was a Democrat in a Republican area. The Republican Party was not really founded ... Read full review

Review: Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

User Review  - Jo Stafford - Goodreads

This history of Atlantic City traces the gambling resort's life from its birth as a planned seaside health resort through the years of corruption, vice and its cosy relationship with the local ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Nelson Johnson practiced law for 30 years, during which time he was active in Atlantic City and Atlantic County politics. He is currently a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, sitting in the Civil Division of Atlantic County. He lives in Hammonton, New Jersey.

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