Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City
Ebury Press, 2011 - 284 pagine
'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... Ultimately I settled on the 1920s of Atlantic City's legendary treasurer Nucky Johnson... A place of spectacle, shady politics, fast women and backroom deals'-Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer ofThe Sopranosand Executive Producer ofBoardwalk Empire
From its humble beginnings as a fledgling seaside resort, Atlantic City grew to be America's playground - loud, brash, and dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure. In 1920 alcohol was banned across the States under Prohibition, yet, thanks to racketeers and corrupt politicians, the liquor in Atlantic City never stopped flowing.
As the brothels, bars and gambling rooms flourished, the reputation of both the city itself and its most famous resident grew. Enoch 'Nucky' Johnson was a powerful political force and leading figure in organised crime. His corrupt alliance created a city where the rules just didn't apply, the dollar ruled and the law could be bought.
The book that inspired the HBO series,Boardwalk Empirebrings to life Nucky and the whole cast of his shady associates. Recounting the life of this fascinating city and its most colourful residents, it's a brilliantly told story of a city built on cards and dice, booze and broads.
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Review: Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic CityRecensione dell'utente - Kacey - Goodreads
I'm going to preface this review by saying that yes, I have seen some of the television show Boardwalk Empire. However, I'm a huge fan of history and I had a feeling I would enjoy this even without ... Leggi recensione completa
Review: Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic CityRecensione dell'utente - Laurie - Goodreads
Guess I was not aware that the show was very loosely based on the book. That said, I'm sure that it is an excellent work of non-fiction. Just not the juicy read I expected. I read about half of it before abandoning it. Leggi recensione completa