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

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Ebury Press, 2011 - Atlantic City (N.J.) - 284 pages
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'When I was first approached by HBO to use Nelson Johnson's book as the basis for a TV series, my biggest challenge was choosing a time period in which to set it... Ultimately I settled on the 1920s of Atlantic City's legendary treasurer Nucky Johnson... A place of spectacle, shady politics, fast women and backroom deals'-Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer ofThe Sopranosand Executive Producer ofBoardwalk Empire

From its humble beginnings as a fledgling seaside resort, Atlantic City grew to be America's playground - loud, brash, and dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure. In 1920 alcohol was banned across the States under Prohibition, yet, thanks to racketeers and corrupt politicians, the liquor in Atlantic City never stopped flowing.

As the brothels, bars and gambling rooms flourished, the reputation of both the city itself and its most famous resident grew. Enoch 'Nucky' Johnson was a powerful political force and leading figure in organised crime. His corrupt alliance created a city where the rules just didn't apply, the dollar ruled and the law could be bought.

The book that inspired the HBO series,Boardwalk Empirebrings to life Nucky and the whole cast of his shady associates. Recounting the life of this fascinating city and its most colourful residents, it's a brilliantly told story of a city built on cards and dice, booze and broads.

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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  - 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

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User Review  - Damon Henrichs - Goodreads

Meh. I guess I was looking for loads of more insight into "Boardwalk Empire". Instead I got as much attention paid to Donald Trump as "Nucky". Some parts were interesting, but not anything amazing. Glad I read it . . . but not jumping up and down or anything. 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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