Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and the Corruption of Atlantic City

Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and the Corruption of Atlantic City

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by Nelson Johnson
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9780091941253
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/2011

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Boardwalk Empire 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
GAN More than 1 year ago
Nothing like the TV series, but better. This book goes from when Atlantic City was just a sandy island until present day. At least the first couple of chapters should be required reading for ALL American PUBLIC school-kids. It details how capitalism really works to the benefit of all. From a sand pile to a resort for the common man and jobs for all simply from a vision of one man, this book chronicles the march of capitalism and how it benefited the working class of Philadelphia. No socialist government could have ever built a city for the benefit of tens of thousands. Then, when corruption sets in the city starts in its inevitable decline. This book details the great things capitalists did for this Philadelphia and South Jersey such as getting trains into Atlantic City for a cost the working man could afford; providing thousands of jobs for ex slaves from the south; providing a vacation resort for the working class. Then when government intervened and banned alcohol, this provided a haven for thieves and organized crime. Government became corrupt and the people suffered. This book, to me, shows how a corrupt government destroys cities....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really good for those who are interested in how this billion city came up from a deserted island owned by farmers.
HYnote More than 1 year ago
The Author tells this story in a way that makes you want to keep reading. If you ever wanted to know about Atlantic City, or you watch Boardwalk Empire on HBO, this book is for you. From a small island to Trump's Casino, it's all in here. The wheeling & Dealing,the racketeering,side deals,and backstabbing. Nelson Johnson has told the story of a bad girl gone strait or as strait as she can. Great Read!
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Alaska1940 More than 1 year ago
The book was not what I expected, it spoke mostly of Atlantic City's politics and racial discrimmination. I expected the book to speak about the story on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, it did mention a few characters and events.
SMHarris More than 1 year ago
Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City is a fact laden account of the history of Atlantic City, from its inception to 2007. Reading more like a history book than a novel, a few of the chapters (i.e. dealing with the inequality of the races and Nucky Johnson's corrupt reign) proved a little more interesting and readable than most of the other chapters. Unfortunately, I feel this book will interest only the most hardcore history buff while the rest of us will count the pages till it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&star&star<_>~ The Leaf-Bare War <br> &starf&starf&starf<_>~ A Kit Named Comet <p> BlazeClan had returned to the camp because the moon had been blocked by StarClan. Gingerleaf, the BlazeClan medcat, had told Blazestar that Sunnysky was soon to have kits. Sunnysky and her mate, Greentail, had been very loyal to BlazeClan. <br> An hour later, Blazestar came to see the kits. One was grey with a black paw and tail, like Greentail, and the another three looked like Sunnysky, except for a shecat who had a black tail. But there was a fifth kit, a whitish kit with a very peculiar blue tail. She looked light blue. The names of the kits were Twilightkit, Lightkit, Smallkit, Darkkit, and Cometkit. <br> Gingerleaf insisted that Cometkit was special, but Blazestar ignored her. Cometkit was just a regular kit. Yes, nothing more, nothing less. Just a simple kit...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of time. Page after page of repetitive, uninteresting writing.
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It gives a good detailed account of how AC grew from a tiny village into the mecca of east coast gambling it is today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you were looking for the tv series, you'll be dissapointed. Hardly any of the charactors from the show and not much of the excitement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like the tv show, you'll love the book!
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If you are looking for a replay of the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," this book is not for you. If, however, you are interested in learning about how Atlantic City came into being, then this is the book for you.
HarmonyStarr13 More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of the HBO Original Series, Boardwalk Empire, I was excited to read the true story behind the fiction. It was very interesting to read the history of Atlantic City from its very humble beginnings to what it is today. I definitely recommend this book.
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Very informative about that era. I'm a fan of the HBO series and this really gave me a better perspective on that time in our history.
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