But back to the book “Boardwalk Empire“. From prohibition to prostitution, the book doesn’t pull any punches and is a detailed and accurate recreation of the history of Atlantic City. Nucky Johnson is shown as a strictly matter of fact business man. He provides what people want, primarily alcohol, gambling and sex. But if the public had wanted other things Nucky would simply have gone with public sentiment. His choices were based on what brought him the most profit -and it was as simple as that, although being in power was not so simple.
“Boardwalk Empire” reveals how the area was a place where families came, with children enjoying themselves by day and adults venturing off to enjoy other pursuits at night. You won’t get a truly balanced historical take on Atlantic City without reading the book and the series should motivate viewers to want to learn more about the history of Atlantic series. Reading “Boardwalk Empire” is well worth the time.
Growing up as a child in the fifties and going to Atlantic City I ordered this book and its a great read from beginning to end. The book takes you from the very beginning of Atlantic City to present day of Donald Trump and his casino’s.
— Robert R. Musser on Amazon
We’ve all read books outlining the history and politics of such places as Las Vegas, New York and Hollywood. This book takes on a topic that is very rarely given any attention, the birth and life (and seedy underbelly) of Atlantic City.
I first visited AC when I was a boy in the late 1960’s. My mother (now 85) always regaled me with stories of how glamorous AC was when she was growing up. I could never reconcile that image of the city with the one I saw, that of stark urban decay on the one side and the gleaming casinos on the other. The book lays it all out, from the earliest days to the politics that brought gambling to the east coast.
I read the book on a one week vacation in Brigantine Beach, the beach town right next to AC. I found the book in a beach house that my father-in-law had rented and read it in about 3 days. I found it fascinating. It is strange to say of this type of book that I couldn’t put it down but it was virtually the case.
The book has it all, history corruption, politics, do-gooders, sex/affairs, the mob, entertainment, bootlegging etc., etc.
I was not aware that the book was being considered as the basis for an HBO series but I will be sure to watch it if it materializes. Read the book, you’ll like it.
— Reader Rabbit of Maryland on Amazon