Boardwalk Empire review Ò 3

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Boardwalk Empire review Ò 3 ↠ From its inception Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck and this wide reaching history offers a riveting account of its past 100 years from the city's heyday as a Prohibition era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern eraA colorful cast of characters led bThe modern eraA colorful cast of characters led by Enoch Nucky Johnson populates this stranger than fiction account of corrupt politics and the toxic power structure that grew out of guile finesse and extortion Atlantic City's shadowy past through its rise fall and rebirth i. This is the book the HBO series used for its basis Contrary to popular myth Atlantic City was not a summer playground for the rich but rather a working class getaway that catered to every illicit whim Brothels and gambling flourished but Prohibition really made Atlantic City famous and rich Under “Nucky” Johnson the “Commodore’s successor anything nominally illegal elsewhere could be had in Atlantic City “A naughty time at an affordable price”The short history of Atlantic City presented at the beginning of the book is really uite interesting The land was bought up originally to develop a health spa but then in order to make it accessible a railroad was reuired to get people from New York and Philadelphia But in order to compete with Cape May summer playground of the rich they tried to appeal to the working man so prices had to remain low Soon there were four railroads delivering customers in spite of swarms of green flies and mosuitoes that sometimes drove horses crazy not to mention people To serve customers cheaply labor costs had to be kept low and poor southern blacks who had suffered as slaves and were then abused after Reconstruction was destroyed politically migrated to Atlantic City to fill the jobs Whites wanted nothing to do with them socially and soon the city was segregated into white and black ghettos The irony of it all was cruel to Blacks They earned a respectable wage could vote and own property They performed the most personal of services and were entrusted with important responsibilities but they were barred from restaurants amusement piers and booths; were denied shopping privileges by most stores; were admitted to hotels only as workers; were segregated in clinics and hospitals; and could only bathe in one section of the beach but even then had to wait until after darkLouis Kuehnle otherwise known as the “Commodore” was soon running the town but in a wise if corrupt manner He focused on infrastructure building water and transportation systems that functioned well and paving the streets “Commodore understood that Atlantic City’s business owners would gladly sacrifice honest government for a profitable summer and he gave them what they wanted Kuehnle protected the rackets from prosecution and worked with the tourist industry to ensure its success In exchange the community let him call the shots”Unfortunately following the election of Woodrow Wilson the Presbyterian antithesis to anything fun and later president to the NJ governorship cramped things “Wilson was a crusader who saw things in black and white Impersonal in his relations he attracted supporters in much the same way people latch on to an abstract principle” His attorney general went after election fraud and that resulted in Kuehnle’s imprisonment opening the way for “Nucky” Johnson who was far corrupt and even controlling Johnson got himself appointed City Treasurer a non elective office which he held for decades and which held the key to all graft The 18th amendment played right into the hands of Nucky and all during Prohibition booze flowed freely an

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From its inception Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck and this wide reaching history offers a riveting account of its past 100 years from the city's heyday as a Prohibition era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in. No this isn't a pot boiler full of sex violence and perfect looking people That's the highly entertaining fiction based on fact TV series and this is not the novelization of that showWhat this is is the whole history of Atlantic City from its founding as a health resort its success mainly as a resort for working class folk from Philadelphia its golden age under Nucky Johnson NOT Thompson its post prohibition fall that continued for decades and its rebirth as a casino resort townWhat is especially interesting is the chapter on Atlantic City's African American community Nearly the entire work staff of the town was black and lived under conditions that differed little from the plantations of the the pre Civil War South It's a sad and remarkable storyJohnson knows his subject and tells his story with far skill than most historians do if you read adult history books you'll know what I mean And I skimmed a great deal of the latter half of this book especially everything involving that nasty bastard Donald Trump where the narrative lags But if the TV series has piued your curiosity about Atlantic City this is worth looking into

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Boardwalk EmpireS given new light in this revealing and often appalling study of legislative abuse and organized crimeThis audiobook narrated by Joe Mantegna is the true story that inspired the upcoming HBO series of the same name It includes a foreword written and narrated by Terence Winte. Boardwalk Empire is an interesting and enjoyable if rather uneven read Victims of this most recent recession economy will undoubtedly be interested to know that Atlantic City’s initial development and success was brought on not by the nation’s wealthiest vacations but rather by blue collar workers and wage earners eager for a weekend getaway they could afford The resort’s uniue and complicated relationship with minority workers during that time also makes for rather fascinating readingOf course the book’s heart really lies in its description of Atlantic City’s heyday during the 1920’s aka the “reign of Nucky Johnson” It is definitely no accident that THIS is the portion of the book Terrence Winter chose to develop into an HBO series Fans of the series will undoubtedly recognize some of their favorite colorful characters from the show in their historic doppelgangers The Nucky chapter of the book is chock full of interesting anecdotes in depth character analyses and shocking connections between organized crime and political and economic success on the Boardwalk I suspect an entire book could have been written about this portion of Atlantic City’s history alone For this reader in fact a narrative focus limited to the 20’s would have been preferable to this slightly over ambitious “complete” historical overview I can’t help but wonder how many interesting stories were discarded so that the author could “finish” his historical analysis of the CityThings took a turn for the dull toward the center of the book which chronicled Atlantic City’s admittedly mundane history between the 1950’s and the 1970’s The author’s faithful recapturing of each and every important political figure who “reigned” supreme in Atlantic City during that time became extremely tedious Eventually the various commissioners gamers crooks and politicians identities all seemed to merge and become indistinguishable from one another As a result of this reader’s lack of identification with these characters their individual stories began to seem uninteresting and unremarkableToward the middle of the book the author also seemed to develop this odd narrative techniue of introducing a random character into the story and then never mentioning him or her again I found that a bit distractingFortunately the book picked up steam in its final sections The Donald Trump segment of the story in particular was fascinating and extremely well written This chapter too I think could have easily been developed into its own bookIn conclusion I think this was a case of a talented writer who did a spectacular amount of research and then simply bit off than he could chew in its retelling I would probably recommend that readers focus on the early portions of the book and the Trump chapter and skim the rest