[Read] ➲ Boardwalk Empire ➮ Nelson Johnson – Loufanet.info

Boardwalk Empire 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 show.What 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 town.What 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 story.Johnson knows his subject and tells his story with far skill than most historians do if you read adult history Bound City of SwingSunPost Weekly September 16, 2010 John Hoodhttp bit.ly 90vmwPGetting with the Book behind Boardwalk EmpireThe 500 Club, Paradise Caf , Club Harlem, Little Belmont, The Bath and Turf Club, the Cliquot Club just saying names of these fabled swing spots evokes an era of high vice and low blows These were gambling dens, before the era of casinos, yet run wide open Why Because in Prohibition era Atlantic City, what was once vice was now habit and it wouldn t be broken for anything, let alone a little inconvenience like law.As you ve undoubtedly heard by now that wild time in the ol beachfront town is about to be brought back to life by HBO in the series Boardwalk Empire Executive produced by Martin Scorcese who directed the first episode and overseen by EmmyAward winning writer Terence Winter of The Sopranos , Boardwalk Empire promises to be the It series of the season And there s not a TV viewer in all the land who isn t duly thrilled by the prospect.But like many a cool concept to m 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 quite interesting The land was bought up originally to develop a health spa, but then, in order to make it accessible a railroad was required 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 mosquitoes 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 sociall Mane knyga kiek nuvyl miau skaityti tik d l per i r to Boardwalk Empire serialo, bet apie tuos laikus knygoje tik nedidel dalis Pa iai knygai tikrai toli iki gero istorinio veikalo, tiesiog paprastai ir gan blankiai papasakota, kas vyko metai i met Lyg mokyklos istorijos 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 unique and complicated relationship with minority workers during that time, also makes for rather fascinating reading.Of course, the book s heart really lies in its description of Atlantic City s heyday, during the 1920 s, a.k.a 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 succ If you are planning to read this book for supplemental background for the HBO show, don t bother This book is of a concise history of the city than a focus piece on Nucky and the players of that time Only roughly 3 chapters cover the Nucky era and there s no depth at all A few quotes here and a 3 sentence Al Capone story there The only depth is spent on descriptions of attempted indictments and trials It really doesn Atlantic City has quite a history, from the rocky beginnings to its colourful characters like Louis Commodore Kuehnle and Enoch Nucky Johnson Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson subtitle The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City tells the history of this US city While this book inspired the current HBO series of the same name, this is not a reason to read this The HBO show tells the story of a fictional character based on Nucky Johnson called Nucky Thompson in the show If you were to base a show on this non fiction book it would turn out like House of Cards.There was a big chapter of Boardwalk Empire devoted to Nucky Johnson, who was an interesting guy If you know the plot of the HBO series you might be aware of the type of character Nucky was, despite being only loosely based on him His rise to power came thanks to the Volstead Act, but he wasn t just a mob boss, he was a political powerhouse Corruption never seemed so complex and scary using the Republican Party to control the city all the while using extortion to fund the party This technique helped control Atlantic In Boardwalk Empire, Atlantic City Springs To Life In All Its 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 Entertainment And Gambling Mecca Where Anything Goes. I m sure that readers of in depth, detailed political history will find this book fascinating from cover to cover Because I am not quite the in depth political history scholar , I didn t find the entire book so much fascinating as I found it to be long winded.That said, there were in depth parts of the book I did like These were the parts that focused on the characters I was familiar with as a fan of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire It was interesting to find out how Atlantic City started as an empty stretch of fly ridden sand and became the backdrop for an empire I enjoyed reading about Louis The Commodore Kuehnle and how he set the stage for inspiring future politicians and power brokers.I enjoyed reading about Nucky Johnson, the basis for the Boardwalk Empire character of Nucky Thompson The author does a great job detailing how Johnson came to power and how he simultaneously exploited and helped fellow politicians, gangsters, shop owners, the poor, and pretty much anyone else in his path The fact that Johnson held power so completely and in a steel grip did not diminish the respect, admiration, and loyalty that throngs of people had for him no small feat I also enjoyed r So Let s talk about this book Because my book club picked this book because the show is based on it and, well, let s just say there are only about two chapters of this book that the show is based on So if you re going into this because you want to learn about the background of the show, uh, you re not really going to find it Yes, you will get some good information But the show fills in a lot of blanks since this is basically just a basic overview of the history of Atlantic City.You will, however, learn a lot about the history of Atlantic City in this book and that is super interesting I live nowhere near Atlantic City and have never been there even though I do want to go, someday so my knowledge of it comes entirely from television So this book is definitely helpful for people like me who either think of it as the roaring 20 s city, as displayed in Boardwalk Empire, or the Vegas of the East, as it is now commonly known or as can be seen in episodes of shows like How I Met Your Mother Bridging the gap between those two, as this book does, was honestly fascinating.Unfortunately, though, my entire problem with this book is that that history is written in basically the driest manner possible I f


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