Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City
by Nelson Johnson
4.2 Out of 5 Stars (48 Reviews)
Genre: History | True Accounts

Providing the inspiration and source material for the 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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