Boardwalk Empire: The Book Inspiring HBO’s Much Anticipated Series From Producers Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese to be Reissued in August

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Atlantic City historian Nelson Johnson explores the “birth, corruption, and high times” of the famed resort … charts the rise and fall of audacious political kingpin Enoch “Nucky” Johnson

Liquor flowed freely, almost as though Prohibition didn’t exist, prostitution was celebrated, and gambling was a way of life

During the Roaring Twenties, with Prohibition under strict enforcement and the American worker dutifully laboring for the Industrial Revolution, the seaside resort of Atlantic City flourished by catering to every desire and fantasy.

In the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, historian and New Jersey Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson traces Atlantic City 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.

“Liquor flowed freely, almost as though Prohibition didn’t exist, prostitution was celebrated, and gambling was a way of life,” says Johnson. “Resort owners made their money by giving people what they wanted whether it was legal or not and visitors were their only source of income.” Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Atlantic City’s political bosses cheated their candidates into office and systematically ignored any illegal activities that would keep resort visitors coming back for more. Funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars, and brothels, this corrupt alliance reached full bloom during the reign of Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, the second of three bosses to head the Republican machine that dominated city politics and society.

Johnson’s book is the inspiration behind a major dramatic series coming to HBO this fall. Adapted by Terence Winter, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson, and Mark Wahlberg. Gene Kelly is co-executive producer; Rudd Simmons is producer. The series is directed by Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor, and Allen Coulter, and written by Terence Winter, Lawrence Konner, Howard Korder, Tim Van Patten, Paul Simms, Margaret Nagle, Steve Kornacki, and Meg Jackson. The series will debut on HBO on Sunday, September 19, 2010.

A special HBO series tie-in edition of Boardwalk Empire—which was originally published by Plexus in 2002 and reissued in 2009—will feature a foreword by Terence Winter, a new afterword by the author, and sixteen pages of photos from the HBO series. As in the earlier editions, Nelson Johnson offers a startling look at the key factors in Atlantic City’s improbable rise and fall, while introducing such unforgettable real-life characters as Nucky Johnson, Louis “the Commodore” Kuehnle, and Frank “Hap” Farley. The tie-in edition will be available nationally wherever books are sold on August 16, 2010. A series tie-in edition will also be available in audio, narrated by Joe Mantegna, from and Brilliance Audio.

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Plexus Publishing, Inc., is announcing the tie-in edition of Boardwalk Empire at Book Expo America (BEA) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on May 26-27, 2010, from booth #2353. Author Nelson Johnson will be signing copies of the general trade edition on Wednesday, May 26, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Table 17 of the event’s official autographing area.

Incorporated in 1977, Plexus Publishing, Inc., is located in Medford, New Jersey. In addition to regional and national works of both fiction and nonfiction, Plexus is the publisher of professional books and journals in the fields of biology, ecology, and medicine. Boardwalk Empire and other titles published under Plexus’s Medford Press imprint are available to bookstores through Chicago-based trade distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG).

Additional information including a complete listing of Plexus Publishing, Inc., titles is available at, or contact Rob Colding, Book Marketing and Exhibits, at 609-654-6500 ext. 330; email rcolding(at)plexuspublishing(dot)com.


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