Guest column / Israel Posner / HBO aside, A.C. was more than 'booze, broads and gambling' - Press of Atlantic City: Commentary

Guest column / Israel Posner / HBO aside, A.C. was more than 'booze, broads and gambling'

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Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:00 am

After considerable coverage by many media outlets, Atlantic City's 1920s era underbelly has been more than adequately exposed. The stories of the brothels, illegal gambling, prohibited liquor sales and public corruption of that era have been well told by Nelson Johnson in "Boardwalk Empire" and by many other writers. But, there is a lesser known story about that era that will not be understood by the millions of Americans who will tune in to HBO's dramatization of "Boardwalk Empire." Was Atlantic City all about political corruption with mobsters vying for control of prostitution, gambling and alcohol sales? The answer is a resounding no; it was a broad commercial success that practically invented an industry.

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