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

HBO Series Tie-in Edition

By Nelson Johnson
Foreword by Terence Winter

THE TRUE STORY THAT INSPIRED
THE HBO SERIES

Through most of the 20th century, Atlantic City was controlled by a powerful partnership of local politicians and racketeers. Funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars, and brothels, this corrupt alliance reached full bloom during the reign 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 birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the 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, with a pilot episode written by Terence Winter (The Sopranos) and directed by Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island).

New to the HBO Series Tie-in Edition

  • Foreword by Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos and Executive Producer of Boardwalk Empire on HBO
  • 16-page photo insert featuring 34 full-color photos of actors, producers, and sets from the HBO archive
  • New Afterword by author Nelson Johnson

2010 | 304 pp/softbound | ISBN 978-0-9666748-6-6 | $16.95 | Order Now

Boardwalk Empire is a Medford Press book from Plexus Publishing, Inc. Medford Press titles are distributed to the book trade by Independent Publishers Group (IPG).