Nelson Johnson wrote his second Atlantic City book, “The Northside,” to finish and broaden the tale of the town he told in “Boardwalk Empire,” the local history thats become a national sensation through its jazzed-up adaptation as an HBO series.
This time hes telling the story of the citys black residents, from the citys founding as a seaside resort to its modern incarnation as a casino town, in the book, subtitled “African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City.”
The author says theres a story behind the story in his book, one that starts with his long-running work on “Boardwalk Empire,” which made it to No. 25 Sunday on The New York Times influential best-seller list eight years after it was first published, and 28 years after he started thinking about the book.Johnson struggled with his third chapter in “Boardwalk Empire,” which he called “A Plantation By The Sea” – his section on the citys black history.
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