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  1. says:

    I've been watching the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire since the COVID 19 closure of my university and this book which the show was supposedly based upon seemed like an interesting companion Boardwalk Empire as a book has very little

  2. says:

    If fans of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire read this hoping just for stories about corrupt politicians gangsters bootlegging sex violence and a disfigured hit man they’re probably going to be disappointed However anyone looking for an interes

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    No this isn't a pot boiler full of sex violence and perfect looking people That's the highly entertaining fiction based on fact TV series and this is not the novelization of that showWhat this is is the whole history of Atlantic City from its founding as a health resort its success mainly as a resort for working class folk

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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

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    Bound City of SwingSunPost Weekly September 16 2010 | John Hoodhttpbitly90vmwPGetting with the Book behind Boardwalk EmpireThe 500 Club Paradise Café Club Harlem Little Belmont The Bath and Turf Club the Cliuot Club just saying names of these fabled swing spots evokes an era of high vice and low blows These were gambling dens before the er

  6. says:

    If you are planning to read this book for supplemental background for the HBO show don't bother This book is of a concise history of the city than a focus piece on Nucky and the players of that time Only roughly 3 chapters cover the Nucky era and there's no depth at all A few uotes here and a 3 sentence Al Capone story there The on

  7. says:

    Boardwalk Empire is an interesting and enjoyable if rather uneven read Victims of this most recent recession economy will undoubtedly

  8. says:

    Atlantic City has uite a history from the rocky beginnings to its colourful characters like Louis “Commodore” Kuehnle

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    I'm sure that readers of in depth detailed political history will find this book fascinating from cover to cover Because I am not uite the in depth political history scholar I didn't find the entire book so much fascinating as I found it to be long windedThat said there were in depth parts of the book I did like These we

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    The first half of this book is great The history of Atlantic city from its start through prohibition is fascinating and well told After that the book gets bogged down in repetitive statements and reads like a timeline of bullet points Even in this section there are still some things worth reading The authors analysis of the reasons for Atl

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review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Nelson Johnson

Boardwalk Empire

In Boardwalk Empire Atlantic City springs to life in all its garish splendor Author Nelson Johnson If fans of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire read this hoping just for stories about corrupt politicians gangsters bootlegging sex violence and a disfigured hit man they re probably going to be disappointed However anyone looking for an interesting history of Atlantic City from its humble beginnings of a second rate resort town through it s glory days of as a popular destination point during Prohibition because of it s total unwillingness to enforce anti booze laws to it s current state as a gambling town that is still plagued by urban decay would probably find this book interestingWhile the author spends plenty of time on the reign of political boss and part time racketeer Nucky Johnson the inspiration for the Steve Buscemi s character Nucky Thompson and the way that the corrupt Republican machine built and ruled Atlantic City for decades this is really a history and not a true crime book While the links between organized crime and the politicians is documented extensively the book centers on the political corruption instead of gangland shenanigansSo while there s no Martin Scorsese style violence it s an interesting history of a uniue city

Summary Boardwalk Empire

And power struggles to the city's rebirth as an entertainment and gambling mecca where anything go Atlantic City has uite a history from the rocky beginnings to its colourful characters like Louis Commodore Kuehnle and Enoch Nucky Johnson Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson subtitle The Birth High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City tells the history of this US city While this book inspired the current HBO series of the same name this is not a reason to read this The HBO show tells the story of a fictional character based on Nucky Johnson called Nucky Thompson in the show If you were to base a show on this non fiction book it would turn out like House of CardsThere was a big chapter of Boardwalk Empire devoted to Nucky Johnson who was an interesting guy If you know the plot of the HBO series you might be aware of the type of character Nucky was despite being only loosely based on him His rise to power came thanks to the Volstead Act but he wasn t just a mob boss he was a political powerhouse Corruption never seemed so complex and scary using the Republican Party to control the city all the while using extortion to fund the party This techniue helped control Atlantic City keeping it corrupt well into the modern eraWhile the history of Atlantic City is fascinating it is sad to see just how big of an impact organised crime had on a growing city I have an interest in the Volstead Act and how prohibition helped organised crime get a foothold in America Boardwalk Empire shed some interesting insights into the cultural impact it had on a large scaleI have started a new phase in my reading life where I ve become very interested in non fiction While Boardwalk Empire wasn t the greatest book there was a lot to learn about politics and organised crime This period of time interests me and I plan to read a whole lot reading on the Volstead Act and organised crime so I need recommendations If you know good non fiction books on these topics let me knowThis review originally appeared on my blog

review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Nelson Johnson

Traces AC from its birth as a uiet seaside health resort through the notorious backroom politics Bound City of SwingSunPost Weekly September 16 2010 John Hoodhttpbitly90vmwPGetting with the Book behind Boardwalk EmpireThe 500 Club Paradise Caf Club Harlem Little Belmont The Bath and Turf Club the Cliuot Club just saying names of these fabled swing spots evokes an era of high vice and low blows These were gambling dens before the era of casinos yet run wide open Why Because in Prohibition era Atlantic City what was once vice was now habit and it wouldn t be broken for anything let alone a little inconvenience like lawAs you ve undoubtedly heard by now that wild time in the ol beachfront town is about to be brought back to life by HBO in the series Boardwalk Empire Executive produced by Martin Scorcese who directed the first episode and overseen by EmmyAward winning writer Terence Winter of The Sopranos Boardwalk Empire promises to be the It series of the season And there s not a TV viewer in all the land who isn t duly thrilled by the prospectBut like many a cool concept to make its way to screens big and small Boardwalk Empire springs from somewhere else In this case it s Nelson Johnson s same named book which rings with the subtitle The Birth High Times and Corruption of Atlantic CityUnlike the series Johnson s book runs the gamut of Atlantic City s riveting history from the time the sandbar was nothing than a gleam in a man named Jonathan Pitney s riled eye to the time when the bottom basically fell outta the sky and hard times had once again descended upon the descendants of the Pineys who first made this inhospitable place homeBut the highlight of the book and the subject of the series is the stretch that spanned from Prohibition to The Great Depression when everything went and it all went under the watchful eye of one Enoch Nucky JohnsonRenamed Thompson for the series and played by great Steve Buscemi Nucky Johnson was the kinda boss of which legends are made A pal to both President Harding he delivered the New Jersey delegation at the Republican Convention and Al Capone he arranged a mob conference in May of 1929 Nucky was known as a man who could get things done and make everyone a lotta loot while doing so Ever with a dame on his arm and a thug by his side Nucky ruled with a combination of charm and hubris that over shown and out shadowed even The Commodore who d beueathed him his spot No one stood between Nucky and his objectives because Nucky s objectives benefitted everyone And virtually everyone made out like proverbial banditsEveryone but a certain William Randolph Hearst that is The story is that Nucky had hit on a chick at the Silver Slipper Saloon a chick that just so happened to be a favorite of Hearst s When the womanizing newspaper magnate found out about it he used his broadsheets to run a series of exposes detailing the crime and corruption under Nucky s reign Nucky countered by banning all of Hearst s newspapers Then Willy Boy really got mad and he enlisted J Edgar Hoover and his G men in a uest to get evenIt took some time five years or so and it took some finagling like I said no one wanted to speak out against their benefactor but the Feds did finally make their case and Nucky went down for tax evasionIt s a dynamite tale about as tall as they get and one that has no shortage of drama Why else would Scorcese et al get involved More though it s the kinda story that reveals about ourselves and our origins than many a mere history ever could no matter how factually writtenMedford Press originally published Boardwalk Empire back in 2002 and parent company Plexus has just dropped a TV tie in that includes a Terence Winter forward a new afterword by the author and a slew of color photos that ll put you right back into the time While you re though you d be wise to get your mitts on J Louis Yamplowsky s A Boardwalk Story a novel set in the waning days of The Great Depression Unlike Empire this Story is centered around a reclusive mystic and a charismatic pitchman and mathematical savant rather than the gangsters and machine bosses that concern HBO Taken in tandem however they represent a once upon a time that was simply unlike any other everSee you on the Boardwalk baby

  • Audio CD
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  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Nelson Johnson
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 9781501245725

About the Author: Nelson Johnson

Nelson Johnson whose family’s presence in Atlantic County predates the founding of Atlantic City is a lifelong resident of Hammonton New Jersey He practiced law for 30 years and was active in Atlantic City and Atlantic County politics through much of that periodAs attorney for the Atlantic City Planning Board at the time of the approvals for many of the casinos Johnson was inspired first to make sense of Atlantic City and later to write an objective political history The interviews research and writing involved in preparing