Chance of a Lifetime: Nucky Johnson, Skinny d'Amato, and How Atlantic City Became the Naughty Queen of Resorts

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Atlantic City
The very name evokes a medley of images, from the innocence of saltwater taffy to the perfected art of political bossism, illicit thrills of back-room gambling and searing delights of sex for sale. This is a city whose audacious stories hold more truth than legend, a city bold enough to take fo r its own the name of a mighty ocean and weather the storms and tides that rage from both land and sea.

Chance of a Lifetime is about a place in time when larger-than-life people like political boss Enoch "Nucky" Johnson and supersmooth 500 Club owner Paul "Skinny" D'Amato grabbed fame and power and rode waves of popularity. They built a city on sin as a matter of civic pride and saw no contradiction whatsoever.

Only in Atlantic City, and only in this shining era, could such men have seized the opportunity to influence politics and entertainment, the two main realms that to this day characterize the Queen of Resorts.

"Atlantic City was Las Vegas. This town was wide open." - Skinny D'Amato

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Barbara Altman's Front Porch
Like reading a letter from a very good friend.
WOND Radio
Beach Haven Times
....evokes the sounds, smells, and sights of the day in a vivid and refreshing manner. fleshing out the Damon Runonesque characters of the city's history in detail.
Courier Post
Chance of A Lifetime boasts dozens of Willie's photos. Among those depicted are Jackie Gleason, Sammy Davis Jr., Danny Thomas, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Milton Berle, as well as Martin & Lewis and, of course, Sinatra.
Press of Atlantic City
... a rollicking account... There were few in the city as flamboyant as Skinny D'Amato. The book chronicles his career from his start as a precocious street hustler to his time as the owner of a nationally known nightclub. At the peak of the 500 Club's popularity, Skinny D'Amato was as much of a celebrity as Sinatra and the other entertainers who filled its showrooms nightly.
Whoot Entertainment Newspaper
Chance of A Lifetime rings true because it is a firsthand account. Grace Anselmo D'Amato takes us on an exhilarating ride through the extravagance, pathos, and optimism of Atlantic City's rise, fall, and resurrection.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780945582755
  • Publisher: Down The Shore Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Part 1: Nucky
Part 2: Skinny
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    Captivating Account

    Grace Anselmo D'Amato provides us with a riveting insider account of the infamous 500 Club and an honest picture of the accompanying political environment in Atlantic City, Americas Playground. Skinny D'Amato, Hap Farley, Sinatra, Davis, Martin: the cast of characters is truly remarkable and they are conveyed in a no holds barred and honest fashion. Not to mention, the quality of the writing is second to none. By far the best historical work about Atlantic City I have read.

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