Customer Reviews

15
Steel Pier, Atlantic City: Showplace of the Nation
Format: HardcoverChange
Price:$29.38+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2009
WHAT A GREAT BOOK THIS IS. FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EVER VISITED STEEL PIER AND ENJOYED THE "SHOWPLACE OF THE NATION"...THIS IS A MUST READ. I SPENT A NUMBER OF YEARS WORKING ON THE PIER IN THE 50'S, AND HAVE COLLECTED OLD PHOTOS OF THIS ATTRACTION, SO WHEN I CAME ACROSS THIS BOOK, I KNEW I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT. THE BOOK IS FILLED WITH WONDERFUL PHOTOS AND MANY INTERESTING DETAILS OF WHAT THE OLD ATLANTIC CITY WAS LIKE, BEFORE CASINOS. IT WILL BRING BACK MANY HAPPY MEMORIES FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EVER VISITED THIS SHORE COMMUNITY. THIS BOOK IS GREAT FUN, AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2009
What a great reminder of what Atlantic City was like before gambling! Mr. Liebowitz's book paints a vivid portrait of the entertainment and excitement that generations were able to experience. He has allowed us to almost feel like we were there and given us the great gift of bringing to life the memories of our own youth, as well as those of our parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents. The photos, diagrams and illustrations support great stories about the history of an era that Mr. Liebowitz certainly makes us miss!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Living in New Jersey, I had the good fortune of visiting Atlantic City quite a bit growing up as a child. The beaaches were free (tho were not that clean), the boardwalk had alot to offer, and then there was Steel Pier. A mecca in itself, one could spend hours there being entertained by 2 movies, a diving horse, the diving bell, popular entertainers, and just relaxing, all for one price!
Many pictures abound in this somewhat exhaustive book. Only pictures i wish there were more of was the inside where the animals would play the piano, the concession stands, etc. Otherwise, the pics of the performers who were there are great to look at, as well as the pier on the outside itself, a wonder to view.
This is the type of book that one can pick up and not put down until the final pages. Many happy memories were had at 'The Pier', and it was like seeing an old friend again.
A must have for those who missed Atlantic City of old (before the casinos), and to those who remember the Pier for what is was, a place for the whole family to come visit, stay for hours, and go home knowing they all got their money's worth.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2010
When my favorite singers played the Pier in the `60's, I would spend every day, all day, on the Pier. This book is impressive not only for its accuracy but also its depth. Starting with the early days of the city, it tells the story of people and places up and down the boardwalk including all of the piers. Steel Pier was a magical place and "Steel Pier, Atlantic City: Showplace of the Nation" captures the magic. If you have ever been to Atlantic City, especially in the old days, this is a must have book.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There will never be a place like the Steel Pier was. As a child, I remember going to the Steel Pier in Atlantic City and spending the entire day there. There was so much to do and see and I loved the Diving Bell that went underwater.

Steve Liebowitz brought back incredible memories for me. If you were fotunate enough to have experienced the Steel Pier, this book is a must read. Even if you weren't able to experiene the Steel Pier before it closed, you will definitely enjoy this book.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on December 13, 2012
If you remember the Steel Pier, then this book (with excellent illustrations and photos) is for you! For me, it was a real trip down Memory Lane, as I was born and raised in Atlantic City and many of the names mentioned in this book are people I knew (Angie Marrandino, who played with Alex Bartha's house band on the pier is just one of many--Angie taught me to play the tenor sax! It was wonderful to see him as a very young man in one of the many pictures in this book!) and I also was involved with radio station WFPG, which broadcast from the pier (it was nice reading Steel Pier memories from radio announcer Ed Davis, a very sweet guy and he just plain "looked" like a radio announcer). We'd get performers appearing at the Pier on our Saturday night big band show and I was one very THRILLED teenager! I would have liked more photos of other parts of the interior of the Steel Pier and now and then some factoids are repeated in the book, but these are tiny quibbles. Having spent many a Saturday afternoon at the Pier growing up, it was truly fascinating to read about it's history and details about so many facets of the pier that I pretty much took for granted at the time. If somebody who grew up in Atlantic City can learn interesting and new things about the Pier (and Atlantic City in general) then even those who've never been there or maybe just dropped by once or twice will enjoy it even more. Great book!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on April 22, 2011
I am fortunate to find this book. It is full of facts, very well illustrated, well presented. The Steel Pier is today only a stub of what it was, but the book documents the days when the Diving Horses ruled. Steve Leibowitz's book is a fine work. (I have never met or spoken with the author)

Whewell
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Excellent history of the Steel Pier. It was a place where my father and uncle worked with the "water circus" during the 1930's. It was a wonderful adventure for any age and you never tired or became bored with all the shows. You could say it was the first " America's Got Talent" show.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on November 20, 2009
What a delightful book! The photos were unbelievable and the stories in the book were priceless! Reading it brought back some fantastic memories and I'm so glad that someone put forth the time and effort to create something like this. It's a MUST for fans of Atlantic City!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on March 1, 2012
This book brings back fond memories of my childhood, when we'd drive up to AC from D.C. The book is truly a "labor of love" on the part of the author; it's not only very informative, but he included a wealth of terrific photos and ephemera.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this also viewed
Atlantic City Then and Now (Then & Now Thunder Bay)
Atlantic City Then and Now (Then & Now Thunder Bay) by Edward Arthur Mauger (Hardcover - October 1, 2008)
$19.44

A Girl and Five Brave Horses
A Girl and Five Brave Horses by Sonora Carver (Paperback - February 1, 2011)
$10.75

Atlantic City Revisited (NJ) (Images of America)
Atlantic City Revisited (NJ) (Images of America) by William H. Sokolic (Paperback - November 8, 2006)
$17.33
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.