Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

Book - 2010
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Providing the inspiration and source material for the upcoming HBO series produced by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Terence Winter, this riveting and wide-reaching history explores the sordid past of Atlantic City--forever a freewheeling town long-dedicated to the fast buck--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 powerful characters, led by "Commodore" Kuehnle and "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.

Publisher: Medford, N.J. : Medford Press/Plexus Pub., 2010, c2002.
Edition: HBO series tie-in ed.
ISBN: 9780966674866
Branch Call Number: 974. 985 JOH
Characteristics: xviii, 284 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 22 cm.

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The HBO period series was loosely based on this non-fiction book about the history of Enoch 'Nucky' Johnson, a politician who played both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.


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