Boardwalk Empire

The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

By Nelson Johnson; Joe Mantegna (Performed by); Oliver Wyman (Read by)
(Brilliance Audio, Compact Disc, 9781441866097)

Publication Date: September 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, MP3 CD, MP3 CD

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THROUGH MOST OF THE 20TH 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 Johnson, Louis the Commodore Kuehnle, Frank Hap Farley, and Atlantic City itself spring to life in all their garish splendor. Author Nelson Johnson traces AC from its 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 inspired the epic HBO series starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, and Kelly Macdonald, with a pilot episode written by Terence Winter (The Sopranos) and directed by Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island)."

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