Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, And Corruption of Atlantic City (Unabridged)
I hurled them all into the Atlantic Ocean and turned to Chris. Food, drink, and entertainment of all kinds, from highbrow to low. Atlantic City at that time was a place of excess, glamour, and, most of all, opportunity. Loud, brash, colorful, full of hope and promise—it was a microcosm of America. A place of spectacle, shady politics, fast women, and backroom deals, but also a real community with real people, not only on its Boardwalk, but in its churches, schools, and neighborhoods.
It was a place of real Americans, a melting pot of ideas and cultures. On my last trip there, I walked the same streets as Nucky, stood in his hotel lobby, ate in one of his favorite restaurants. I strode the Boardwalk where he reigned as king, looking out at the vast ocean that he considered his own. Nelson Johnson had already taken me there in his wonderful book. Until now, she had never been inside the Ritz Carlton. But here she was in the anteroom of a large suite of rooms, seated in a chair that nearly swallowed her.
She was frightened, but there was no turning back. She sat there trembling, folding and refolding her frayed scarf.
As a housewife and summertime laundress in a boardinghouse, she felt out of place and her nervousness showed. Flushed and perspiring, she noticed that her dress and sweater needed mending and she grew more self-conscious.
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It was all she could do to keep from panicking and running out. Louis Kessel had told her Mr.
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