Boardwalk Empire

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, 9781441866103

Publication Date: September 2010


From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reaching history offers a riveting account of its past 100 years, 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 characters, led by Enoch "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.

This audiobook, narrated by Joe Mantegna, is the true story that inspired the HBO series of the same name. It includes a foreword written and narrated by Terence Winter.

About the Author
Nelson Johnson practiced law for 30 years, during which time he was active in Atlantic City and Atlantic County politics. He is currently a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, sitting in the Civil Division of Atlantic County. He lives in Hammonton, New Jersey.

Joe Mantegna starred in the feature films "House of Games, The Godfather III, Bugsy, Liberty Heights, " and "Searching for Bobby Fisher." On Broadway, he starred in David Mamet's "Speed the Plow" and "Glengarry Glen Ross" (Tony Award). He received Emmy nominations for his television appearances in "The Rat Pack" and "The Last Don, " and starred in the CBS series "Joan of Arcadia."

Oliver Wyman, a native New Yorker, has appeared on stage as well as in film, and television. He is one of the founders of New York City's Collective Unconscious theater, and his performances include the award-winning "reality play" "Charlie Victor Romeo" and A.R. McElhinney's cult classic film "A Chronicle of Corpses". He also lent his voice to several episodes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Oliver's work as a narrator extends to over 150 audiobooks and has won many him awards, including Audie awards for his reading of Lance Armstrong's autobiography, "It's Not About the Bike", and Thomas L. Friedman's "The World is Flat". He also read James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces", Tim Dorsey's "Atomic Lobster", and David Weber's "By Schism Rent Asunder". Oliver has won five Audie Awards from the Audio Publisher's Association, fourteen Earphone Awards from "AudioFile" "Magazine", and two Listen Up Awards from "Publisher's Weekly. "Oliver was named a 2008 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture by "AudioFile Magazine".