With Season 3 of the HBO hit series Boardwalk Empire just around the corner, The Dames decided to review the book from which the television series drew its inspiration.
Long before Atlantic City became known as the city that’s “Always Turned On” it was little more than dust and dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High TImes and Corruption
of Atlantic City was written by Nelson Johnson and first published in 2002, but the historical research, interviews, and writing of spanned nearly two decades. Read more about the author here: http://www.boardwalkempire.com/about-nelson-johnson/
Boardwalk Empire is an enlightening story about a small city by the seashore that became a hot bed for gambling, brothels, and political corruption during the height of the prohibition era. The historical accounts
of Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, Lucky luciano and perhaps the most notorious of all, Enoch L. Johnson, political boss and racketeer, are factual and parallel the series; However, the book is definitely more of a
history lesson than a novel. The author takes a look way back covering the gamut of Atlantic City geographical, family, cultural, and political history, from how the land was acquired from the Native Americans
and the first railroads and buildings erected to the resort we now call Atlantic City. The book is easy to read, historically accurate, and interesting. We give it 5 Stars.
Read the book, watch the series!