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Nucky: The Real Story of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Boss [Kindle Edition]

Frank J. Ferry Esquire
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Book Description

Enoch L. “Nucky” Johnson, the Republican powerhouse from Atlantic City, dominated New Jersey’s political landscape in the early part of the 20th century. This book is dedicated to permanently preserving and celebrating his colorful life and legacy before the recollections of his accomplishments disappear and are washed out to sea by the sands of time.
I have taken the liberty of recreating some of the dialogue between Nucky and others. I based these conversations on details I discussed with Nucky during the two-year period I represented him during his criminal fine case. I also used excerpts from Nucky’s testimony before the U.S. Senate in 1928 and in his 1941 criminal trial, along with his depositions in his claim against The Saturday Evening Post and David Niven, and his interviews with the FBI in his application for pardon. These transcripts give us insights into Nucky’s true character through his own words.
Many people also told me about the specific personal incidents they shared with Nucky, and are contained in this book. Marie Boyd, who worked in the Atlantic County Treasurer’s Office, was very close to Nucky and his wife Floss for many years. Boyd attended Nucky’s criminal trial, and she and her husband Jimmy, who was Nucky’s right-hand man, were my longtime clients. Senator Frank S. “Hap” Farley, Nucky’s successor and my law partner for 15 years, also shared a great deal of what he knew and remembered about Nucky. Even John Mooney, head of the Atlantic City Vice Squad, who was my client and friend for most of his life, spoke of Nucky in glowing terms.
I also used the background of the actual events in Nucky’s life, from FBI reports, IRS records, trial transcripts, and others listed in the bibliography. All of these sources served to recreate the real life and times of Enoch L. “Nucky” Johnson.
—Frank J. Ferry


Editorial Reviews

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A must read for all of the Boardwalk Empire fans and those who want to learn how Atlantic City worked. --Harry Hurley, Host of Hurley in the Morning Radio Program

No one living knows more about Nucky Johnson than Frank J. Ferry. --Pinky Kravitz, a.k.a. ''Mr. Atlantic City,''; Columnist, Radio & Television Host of Pinky s Corner

This is not only the real story of Nucky Johnson, but the compelling story of a bygone era in American politics.
Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive

This book is a must read for those who want a well-researched and engaging account of this remarkable man and his impact on the city and the region.
--Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Ferry's insider account is the key to unlock many of Atlantic County s political mysteries.
--The Honorable John F. Amodeo

The factual account, from an author who has stepped over three different political eras, is a wonderful treasure.
--Don Marrandino, Eastern Division President, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.

The reader is drawn into a magnetism that makes it difficult to put the book down until it is finished.
--Allen Boo Pergament, Atlantic City Historian

I'm glad Frank J. Ferry is bringing to light the true story of Nucky Johnson.
--James J. Sonny McCullough, Mayor, Egg Harbor Township

Frank J. Ferry's intimate knowledge of Nucky comes to life in this book.
--June G. Sheridan, Atlantic County Historian

This story would never have been told, if not for the strong desire by Frank J. Ferry to research the real facts and background of Nucky Johnson.
--Dick Squires, Atlantic County Executive (1984-2000), President, Atlantic County Historical Society

What Nucky Johnson did for Atlantic City was nothing short of remarkable and Frank J. Ferry details the history.
--Alexander C. Marino, Atlantic County Freholder

Frank J. Ferry reveals the true story of Nucky Johnson and Atlantic City s glory days. This book is a must read.
--The Honorable Chris A. Brown --Atlantic City Politics & History

No one living knows more about Nucky Johnson than Frank J. Ferry. --Pinky Kravitz, a.k.a. ''Mr. Atlantic City,''; Columnist, Radio & Television Host of Pinky s Corner

This is not only the real story of Nucky Johnson, but the compelling story of a bygone era in American politics.
Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive

This book is a must read for those who want a well-researched and engaging account of this remarkable man and his impact on the city and the region.
--Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Ferry's insider account is the key to unlock many of Atlantic County s political mysteries.
--The Honorable John F. Amodeo

The factual account, from an author who has stepped over three different political eras, is a wonderful treasure.
--Don Marrandino, Eastern Division President, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.

The reader is drawn into a magnetism that makes it difficult to put the book down until it is finished.
--Allen Boo Pergament, Atlantic City Historian

I'm glad Frank J. Ferry is bringing to light the true story of Nucky Johnson.
--James J. Sonny McCullough, Mayor, Egg Harbor Township

Frank J. Ferry's intimate knowledge of Nucky comes to life in this book.
--June G. Sheridan, Atlantic County Historian

This story would never have been told, if not for the strong desire by Frank J. Ferry to research the real facts and background of Nucky Johnson.
--Dick Squires, Atlantic County Executive (1984-2000), President, Atlantic County Historical Society

What Nucky Johnson did for Atlantic City was nothing short of remarkable and Frank J. Ferry details the history.
--Alexander C. Marino, Atlantic County Freholder

Frank J. Ferry reveals the true story of Nucky Johnson and Atlantic City s glory days. This book is a must read.
--The Honorable Chris A. Brown --Atlantic City Politics & History

About the Author

Frank J. Ferry is a partner in the Atlantic City, New Jersey law firm of Farley, Fredericks & Ferry, established in 1940. He was born and raised in Atlantic City and became a champion swimmer with the Atlantic City Beach Patrol before becoming interested in the City's colorful political past.

Ferry attended Ursinus College and after graduation, served in the U.S. Navy. In 1956 he graduated from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. and subsequently joined the law firm of Farley & Farley in Atlantic City. In 1958 Ferry was appointed by U.S. Attorney General William P. Rogers as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New Jersey. He was assigned to the Camden office and served 31/2 years in the U.S. Department of Justice. Ferry then returned to the law firm of Farley & Farley as partner, and the firm was renamed Farley, Fredericks & Ferry. For the next 15 years Ferry continued to work side by side with his law partner, Frank S. ''Hap'' Farley, who had been a New Jersey State Senator since his election in 1940.

In 1964, Ferry first met and represented Nucky Johnson in a U.S. Department of Justice case against Johnson. Ferry successfully halted the government's action to collect on a $20,000 fine stemming from Nucky's previous conviction for tax evasion in 1941. They remained friends until Nucky s death in 1968.


Product Details

  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ComteQ Publishing; 1 edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935232630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935232636
  • ASIN: B00AIVODK4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fact, Not Fiction January 30, 2013
By Beth P.
Format:Hardcover
I loved the book. When I see or read something "based" on actual people or places, I want to find out the real story. This book gave that to me. I felt like the author was personally telling me the back story of Atlantic City, Nucky Johnson, and the characters and places of the Atlantic City area. You get an understanding of the mindset and ways of that era. It's not a history book, but a telling of history the way it really happened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicky March 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Best story about Nucky Johnson yet. Much more realistic and interesting than Boardwalk Empire. Most of history seems historically accurate and maintains interest throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on an interesting man February 9, 2014
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The book is an interesting read. It starts off with a lot of details, but those disappear soon. At points, it feels like the author just wants to get to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Wonderful book..fascinating historical information about the Atlantic City area..lots of "trivia" too....NJ history buffs will love this book!!!!! I've lived in Mays Landing NJ 13 years..and Mr. Ferry's book brought out so many tidbits about the area I didn't know before..This is a "must read" for anyone interested in old NJ! P.S. I see my hometown of Perth Amboy, NJ mentioned on page 126..Thanks! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nucky: The Real Story of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Boss February 22, 2013
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Since my parents produced medical conventions in Atlantic City starting in 1929, they had business dealings with Nucky Johnson. I am told he patted me on the head circa 1935. Anyway back home in NYC Nucky was discussed.

This book provides details to fill out what I remembered. It is absolutely fascinating and well written.

I have been a fan of "Boardwalk Empire" since the first episode on HBO. That creative team made it clear that they changed the character name to "Nucky Thompson" so they would not need to stick to known facts. I have not found any loss of viewing enjoyment from known the actual facts about Nucky Johnson. Actually, as I read this book I go back and look at early episodes again with a fresh eye.
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This book is a great read. Frank Ferry was a partner of the legendary Sen. Frank S. "Hap" Farley who out Nixon over the top at the 1968 Republican convention. Ferry make Nucky Johnson who Farley succeeded as boos of the boardwalk come alive. Buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book! May 21, 2014
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The life and times of the real "Nicky Thompson" from Boardwalk Empire! This is a very engaging and enjoyable read, which tells the story of Atlantic City's best known politician. Along the way we learn a great deal about American politics and the corrupt and petty nature of many of our politicians, Presidents and Governors alike. Highly recommended for those interested in American history of the 1920s and 30s and the history of the Mob in the United States.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Politics in Atlantic City April 13, 2014
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This book tells you everything about Nucky's politics. He was a crook, but he tried to help the poor of his city when he could.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nucky and the His Empire!
I loved this book, I could not put it down. I really got to know this man and who he really was as an individual. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Luella Przedecki
5.0 out of 5 stars A look behind the populr TV show..
Terrific story about a guy made popular by the TV show BOARDWALK EMPIRE. A real insight into the way the sstem workd.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Got this as a gift for my grandfather after touring a winery in New Jersey. He is a big boardwalk empires fan and loved this as well.
Published 10 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for the Avid Boardwalk Empire Fan
Great book! I have enjoyed Boardwalk Empire for the past three seasons and was intrigued to learn more about the inspiration for the role of Nucky Thompson. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Nucky Johnson; GOP gangster and civic icon
Being a huge fan of the 'Boardwalk Empire' I had to read about the real Nucky Johnson. I enjoyed the real antics and foibles of Enoch Johnson. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Powersquat
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Read
Pretty good, lots of legal research, and court proceedings, but worth reading if you know Atlantic City and its history
Published 12 months ago by Doug Fraser
2.0 out of 5 stars Only OK.
The book is somewhat tedious in its endless lists of people.
It would have been more enjoyable if it did not have so many grammatical errors (the Kindle edition). Read more
Published 12 months ago by JL
5.0 out of 5 stars Nucky: The Real Story of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Boss
This is a great book, very detailed. If you want to know about Nucky Johnson his life and times and Atlantic City this is the book for you. Very well written. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lighthousenj
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