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

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Ebury Publishing, Feb 3, 2011 - History - 320 pages
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Through most of the 20th century, Atlantic City, New Jersey, was controlled by a powerful partnership of local politicians and racketeers. Funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars and brothels, this corrupt alliance reached full bloom during the reign of Enoch 'Nucky' Johnson - the second of the three bosses to head the Republican machine that dominated city politics and society.

In Boardwalk Empire, Nucky Johnson, Louis 'the Commodore' Kuehnle, Frank 'Hap' Farley, and Atlantic City itself spring to life in all their garish splendour. Author Nelson Johnson traces 'AC' from its birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the corruption, notorious backroom politics and power struggles, to the city's rebirth as an international entertainment and gambling mecca where anything goes.

Boardwalk Empire is the true story that inspired the epic HBO series starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald.

'As good, if not better, than the television series' Independent

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Well researched and well-written history of the area. - Goodreads
This is well written and mostly well-researched book. - Goodreads
Better story than prose. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Varina - Goodreads

Meh. I wasn't expecting this book to be anything like the show, but I think it's way too focused on the political aspects of Atlantic City. I wanted to know more about organized crime dealings and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ridwan Jaafar - Goodreads

It's a good read on how political system works and how corrupt it can be. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Nelson Johnson's family lived in Atlantic County before the city was founded, and he is himself a lifelong resident of Hammonton, New Jersey. He practiced law for 30 years, and was attorney for the Atlantic City Planning Board at the time many applications for the building of the casinos were approved. Fascinated by the complicated history of Atlantic City, Nelson spent almost two decades interviewing, researching and writing to create Boardwalk Empire.

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