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

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Medford Press/Plexus Pub., Sep 1, 2009 - History - 296 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

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This is the book the HBO series used for its basis. Contrary to popular myth, Atlantic City was not a summer playground for the rich but rather a working class getaway that catered to every illicit ... Read full review

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An excellent book that chronicles the rise of Atlantic City from the mid-19th century up until the 21st century. If you are expecting the TV show "Boardwalk Empire" you will be a little disappointed ... 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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