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

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Medford Press/Plexus Pub., Sep 1, 2009 - 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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User Review  - Watty - LibraryThing

Absolutely fascinating history of Atlantic City. Focus will naturally fall on the Prohibition period thanks to the TV show, but this book has so much more than that. From the unpromising beginnings to ... Read full review

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User Review  - EileenWYSIWYG - LibraryThing

Totally enjoyed reading about the salacious history of the founding and development of Atlantic City. Since this is part of my state, getting more information on the South Jersey Republican machine was VERY interesting. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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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