Tuesday, September 6, 2011

See Eye Sores by the Seashores

Or see beautiful girls and drink the best whiskey not allowed by law, by whatever means necessary.

When visitors are the reason you have any semblance of an economy, it can be easy to turn a blind eye to doing things the lawful and fair way.  This is a truth for some folks nowadays but it was certainly a form of survival for those wanting to do more than eek out a living in Atlantic City.  The time of prohibition saw this pushed to many limits and written out in the book BOARDWALK EMPIRE: THE BIRTH, HIGH TIMES, AND CORRUPTION OF ATLANTIC CITY by Nelson Johnson.
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This novel has booked-it-to-Hollywood and become another hot HBO series sensation.  Mind you, from the tidbits I've seen, neither the book nor the show are for the light of heart.  Get ready to see Enoch "Nucky" Johnson and so many other well-dressed juggernauts put the limits to the test and break all the rules in the name of a fast buck.  Throw in the politics and you've got yourself a regular buffet of sin.
This is one of those shows where the gangsters dress pretty but play all kinds of dirty.  What's the first gangster show, TV or big screen, that pops into your mind?

9 comments:

  1. That show sounds pretty good. I might have to check it out! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. It sounds very interesting indeed. I'm thinking of putting this on my DVR.

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  3. Ooo...I saw the season opener but not the rest, as we don't have sky. I think I will have to put the book on my wishlist!

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  4. That book is probably a serious eye opener too.

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  5. I think prohibition was such an interesting time- I actually did a presentation on it for my connecticut history class back in college. I'll never forget the trick question some dumbass kid asked 'So what is your sentiment? Wet or dry?' To which I stupidly replied! 'Oh, I'm totally wet'. Glad to have discovered your blog! New follower here:)

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  6. Oh goodness no. That rascal was just wrong to ask that question on so many levels. Sounds like you took the moment in stride. Thanks for stopping by and glad you chose to kick your feet up and visit a while.

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  7. I'm not a gangster/mobster person but I did love Sopranos and am looking forward to the start of season 2 of Boardwalk Empire.

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  8. Hmmm, after watching "Casino", and not sleeping for two nights, I haven't been into gangsters. They do hold a certain appeal, but overall, I think they're despicable. I guess that means I don't find them entertaining. LOL!

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  9. I've always had a weird appreciation for The Godfather. Maybe because it's the epitome of family, mob and the pain of power.

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