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

Terence Winter , Nelson Johnson
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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 the 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 the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Through most of the twentieth century, Atlantic City 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 three bosses to head the republican machine that dominated city politics and society.

In Boardwalk Empire, Nucky Hohnson, 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 it's birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the 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 insired the epic HBO series staring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald, with a pilot episode written by Terence Winter (The Sopranos) and directed by Martin Scorsese.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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