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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Buyer beware! I'm halfway through and yawning. It's true. Never judge a book by it's cover. The cover shown in Play books is the same as part of the opening for the TV series. Since
the series is based on this book, I thought I would find a slightly more factual and detailed take on the characters and society depicted in the series. I certainly didn't expect to be trawling through endless political accounts and associations which are quite baffling to anyone unfamiliar with the US political system. 

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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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