Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson
The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

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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.

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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 period.Johnson's previous book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, inspired the critically acclaimed HBO series from Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter.
Published January 1, 2010 by Plexus Publishing. 339 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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In just 30 years of the 19th century, Atlantic City went.

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Looking for two words to sum up Atlantic City, New Jersey?

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Soon Kuehnle had interests in the Atlantic City Gas company, and the Central Passenger Railroad Company, which transported passengers into Atlantic City.

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