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Author: Nelson Johnson
ISBN13: 978-0937548493
Title: Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City
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Language: English
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Publisher: Plexus Publishing (NJ); SECOND PRINTIN edition (July 15, 2002)
Pages: 300

Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson

Nelson Johnson had already taken me there in his wonderful book. Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos and Executive Producer of Boardwalk Empire. Kuehnle’s successor, Nucky Johnson, was the absolute master of Atlantic City politics for the next 30 years. Johnson understood people and power and knew how to handle both. There was not an elected official or city or county employee who did not owe his job to Nucky. His pale craggy skin, together with his large hooknose and high forehead crowned by flowing gray locks, made him a striking figure. Jonathan, the son of Shubal and Jane Pitney, was born in Mendham, New Jersey, on October 29, 1797. The Pitney family had arrived in this country circa 1700.

Nucky Johnson gave Atlantic City the brand of leadership it needed. The political and economic power structure that had evolved was thoroughly corrupt. If Johnson had refused to work with the racketeers he would have been replaced. However, Nucky took one giant step beyond what the Commodore had achieved in terms of his alliance with the vice industry. Johnson included the key racketeers as members of the Republican organization, making him head of both the political machine and the rackets.

Nelson Johnson practiced law for 30 years, during which time he was active in Atlantic City and Atlantic County politics. He lives in Hammonton, New Jersey. Terence Winter is an Emmy Award–winning screenwriter for his work on The Sopranos. I enjoy RR history This book has all 4. More than just a precurser to the HBO series, it covers Atlantic City from it's birth to death and rebirth. Why it became a magnet for freed slaves and gangsters alike as well as vacationers is covered. Once I began to read, it was hard to put down. 4 people found this helpful.

When I was first approached by HBO to use Nelson Johnson’s book as the basis for a TV series, my biggest challenge was choosing a time period in which to set it. From the Gilded Age of the Robber Barons, to the Roaring Twenties and the Prohibition Era, to the Glamorous 1950s of Skinny D’Amato, to the city’s decline and subsequent resurgence with the advent of legalized gambling in the 1970s, Atlantic City and its people have been nothing if not compelling.

Boardwalk Empire book. Unlike the series, Johnson’s book runs the gamut of Atlantic City’s riveting history, from the time the sandbar was nothing more than a gleam in a man named Jonathan Pitney’s riled eye, to the time when the bottom basically fell outta the sky, and hard times had once again descended upon the descendants of the Pineys who first made this. inhospitable place home. But the highlight of the book – and the subject of the series – is the stretch that spanned from Prohibition to The Great Depression, when everything went, and it all went under the watchful eye of one Enoch Nucky Johnson.

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Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson. Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (seasons 1–5) – the corrupt treasurer of Atlantic County and its most powerful political figure. Based on the Atlantic City political boss Enoch L. Johnson. Michael Pitt as James "Jimmy" Darmody (seasons 1–2) – Nucky's onetime protegé, an honor student who left Princeton to serve in World War I; works briefly for Nucky before striking out on his own into organized crime. Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Thompson (seasons 1–5) – a young widow and mother who turns to Nucky and becomes his mistress, and later his wife

In Boardwalk Empire, Nucky Johnson, Louis 'the Commodore' Kuehnle, Frank 'Hap' Farley, and Atlantic City itself spring to life in all their garish splendour. Author Nelson Johnson traces 'AC' from its birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the corruption, 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.

A bustling little city by the seashore, totally dependent upon money spent by tourists, Atlantic City s popularity rose in the early 20th century and peaked during Prohibition. The resort s singular purpose of providing a good time to its visitors whether lawful or not demanded a single mentality to rule the town. Success of the local economy was the only ideology, and critics and do-gooders weren t tolerated. By 1900, a political juggernaut, funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars, and brothels, was firmly entrenched. For the next 70 years, Atlantic City was dominated by a partnership comprised of local politicians and racketeers. This unique alliance reached full bloom in the person 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 humble beginnings as Jonathan Pitney s seaside health resort, through the notorious backroom politics and power struggles, to the city s astonishing rebirth as an entertainment and gambling mecca where just about anything goes. Boardwalk Empire is a colorful, irresistible history of a unique city and culture. Here is proof positive that truth is stranger and more compelling than fiction. For more information about the HBO television series, or to order the book visit the Plexus Publishing, Inc. website.
Reviews: 7
I purchased the book because I was a fan of the HBO television series. I was expecting a profile of the show's main character, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson. What the author delivered was a very detailed and objective history of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Nelson Johnson painted a picture of a resort community run by political machines led by three men over a period covering more than half a century.

Johnson relates both the positive and negative traits and contributions made to Atlantic City by Louis "The Commodore" Kuehnle, Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, and Frank "Hap" Farley. Besides the three bosses, the author also describes others who were influential in the city's storied history. I was also impressed with Johnson's narrative concerning the two referendum votes it took in order to bring casino gambling to Atlantic City.

Even the afterword chapter bares reading because the author shares person insights into where he sees the city going based on its recent as well as distant past. He spent two decades working on putting Boardwalk Empire together. It shows.
Billy Granson
Like many other readers, I was drawn to Nelson Johnson's book through the HBO show it inspired. As Nucky Thompson drew further away from reality and more into a weird, violent, nihilistic fantasy world that only seems to exist in "gritty" gangster shows and movies, I got more interested in what Nucky Johnson was actually like. On that note, the other N. Johnson's book delivers with aplomb. Boardwalk Empire is a breezy read. The chapters on the founding of Atlantic City's corrupt dynasty by the Commodore, carrying through to the real life Nucky's thirty year reign, into the political machinery of "Hap" Farley is fascinating. Johnson mostly remembers that the empire such men topped included its own shadow bureaucracy of ward workers, constituent services, and African American hotel employees. The result feels more nuanced, as chapters deviate into deeper dives on the actual day to day life of the machine and the city.
Unfortunately, the book doesn't end with Hap, and the last two chapters land on such a sour note that I wish the author would write an updated version. Two problems rear their ugly heads in the last few chapters, one structural, the other just historic:
1. Johnson's writing style is very stop-and-go, with the narrative advancing only to the next person Johnson finds interesting, then he backtracks to write out several pages of biography. After "Hap" Farley this accelerates and more and more backstories clog up the flow. Johnson also writes all of his political figures in a weirdly fawning, half friendly light, downplaying the damage of corruption and playing up their community roles.
2. I can only explain the last chapter as awkward reading in 2018. Johnson concludes the book with Donald Trump, who he treats as a narrative thru-line to the Commodore. Which, among other things, means referring to "The Donald" accordingly to a grating degree. Given that the book was completed before Trump concluded his smash and grab in Atlantic City, using junk bonds to finance his casinos then running for the hills with the profits as they burned behind him, Johnson ends by declaring how great legalized gambling has been for Atlantic City; how it built a "different kind" of casino culture. The book would be better served by the newer ending, with casinos playing out one the role of one more line of credit to a desperate gambler in deep with the sharks. It's certainly the narrative Trump used on the campaign trail, mocking the city and New Jersey's governor as suckers who got out too late.
Regardless I'd recommend Empire. As a work of history it's compelling, even its foray into current events badly predicts the present.
Its a history book and at times can be a little dry. The real story of Atlantic City is much more than the TV show and if a fan, holds the reader's interest, looking for more depth on the characters. This book traces the history from its founding in the 1800's to modern times. The TV show just dealt with the Nucky Johnson (Thompson in the series).

That said, Nucky continued to be a character involved in AC after he was out of office and power (supplanted by Frank Farley).
Very interesting and adds more depth to the main characters of the series, many of whom were real people.

Good read.
I enjoy the gangster genre of the post Civil War to Vietnam era.
I enjoy the history of cities.
I enjoy black history.
I enjoy RR history
This book has all 4.
More than just a precurser to the HBO series, it covers Atlantic City from it's birth to death and rebirth. Why it became a magnet for freed slaves and gangsters alike as well as vacationers is covered. Once I began to read, it was hard to put down. If only I could go back in time and experience all the corruption and vice firsthand!
I am a die-hard "Boardwalk Empire"(HBO series)follower and never miss a segment. I just love the dramatization of the 1920's era and that's what drew me to this book. Well, I found out that the HBO series and the book have little in common. If you are a fan of the HBO series and your are truly interested in the entire history of Atlantic City from early colonial times well into the 1980's, then you will love this book. I on the other hand was not interested in the history of Atlantic City and was looking for more information on the era covered by the HBO series.This book just touches on that era and learning all about the previous corrupt officials and later dishonest public servants and gangsters just didn't do it for me. I gave the book three stars because I believe the book was well researched and written, but if it had been titled, "The History of Atlantic City," I could,t have been more disinterested.
As others have written, this is not the TV series. The historic parts of the series are represented, however the storylines on tv were historical fiction. The book itself is very interesting, even if you are not from New Jersey. The continuing saga of how to make Atlantic City relevant is well told and not boring at all. (If you are really interested in the mob and their history in Atlantic City and the business of gaming and prohibition throughout the nation, visit the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. Many of the names from the series are well represented). All in all, a good read for non-fiction.