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

Terence Winter , Nelson Johnson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sep 2010

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

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing (NJ); Rep Mti edition (Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966674863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966674866
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As good, if not better, than the television series" (Independent)

"The book is full of compelling anecdotes and characters ... Nucky Johnson's description of Atlantic City is equally applicable to Nelson Johnson's book: "We have whiskey, wine, women, song, and slot machines. I won't deny it and I won't apologise for it"" (Telegraph)

"Enthralling ... Johnson deftly straddles centuries while using nearly 20 years of research and an energetic, novelist style to bring to life the mobsters, bootleggers and bent politicians behind Atlantic City's rise and fall" (Shortlist)

"Fascinating" (Daily Express)

"Stranger, and scarier, than any fiction" (Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Book Description

The original book that inspired Boardwalk Empire, the award-winning, prohibition-era HBO series from Martin Scorsese and the producers of The Sopranos --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The facinating real-life story of Atlantic City 27 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
I've been enjoying the Boardwalk Empire TV series that has been shown on Sky Atlantic and I picked up this book in order to find out a little more about the real-life events that inspired the hit show. I'm glad I did. This is a great little potted history of the sleeze, crime and corruption for which Atlantic City is famous. The TV show is pretty much inspired by a couple of chapters of this book but the TV people have taken quite a bit of artistic license with the characters including changing names and roles. The fluent writing style of this book keeps you turning the pages and I raced through this book which is anything but a dry history of organised crime. People looking for a novelisation of the hit show may be a little disappointed but as in many cases, the truth is actually more interesting than fiction.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 4 Mar 2011
By DBR2309
Format:Hardcover
Really interesting book, i watched the complete series on Sky and then searched for more information on the characters involved. Found this book to be a real insight into that era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the series. 4 Mar 2013
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My understanding of the series is it was based on fact and here is the fact. Extremely interesting. Enough to send me online to read more. To get an understanding of the times and places. Nucky was real. Though not as portrayed as the charactor in the series. Some names and dates have been changed to protect the innocen. Ha...the innocent were few and far between. It gives an excellent insight as to how the Mob were able to use corruption to further their "business".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 2 Jun 2011
By Blondie
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I bought this for my mum on a recommendation from a colleague and she raved about this book! She loved the TV series but is also a great fan of social and political history which this book apparently has in spades.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intereting history 16 Jan 2014
By Ro
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This is a great companion book for the TV series. There are no spoilers so go ahead and read it. It's the factual account of Nuky Thompson and several others in the early 1900s as they played with politics and gangs in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It's a good read, but gets a but dry at times. There are photographs, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the TV series 26 Dec 2013
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Anybody expecting this excellent regional history to be like the TV series will be disappointed. Probably only 2 pages out of the book were an inspiration for the series. Nevertheless it is detailed account of the rise, fall and rise of Atlantic City and well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars W O W ! 4 Sep 2014
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WOW.......Superior read start to finish.........When you've seen the t.v. series and are able to put a face to the characters, it makes for a great read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Society and corruption 10 Jan 2014
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Good account of how crime and racketeering can thrive within society if communities feel they are benefiting with scant regard to moral principles. Cynical manipulation of the political system and the totally unacceptable face of capitalism. No significant connection to the TV programme although the links with real life characters such as the Commodore and Nucky are identified.
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