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  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (March 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055305130X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553051308
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on June 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Camden and Atlantic Railroad was built to connect Camden and Absecon Island in 1854 and provided faster access than by stagecoach. The terminus was named "Atlantic City" (p.15). By 1880 Atlantic City was a thriving summer resort. Its Convention Center was built in 1929 - the largest unobstructed room in the world (488 feet long, 288 feet wide, 137 feet high). Chapter 2 explains how any political machine must work to be successful: provide gambling, prostitution, alcohol, and drugs 24X7. With police protection for those who pay for it. (This ignores any commercial rivalry or union breaking.) The Depression and changing fashions led to the downfall of this Queen of Resorts.
Did corruption and crime kill Atlantic City? Can any resort area outlive changing fashions? Chapter 5 points to Newark. With its seaport, airport, and train station, New York close by, it should be NJ's best city, not a national example of urban decay. Does this reflect the policies of the state's Ruling Class? Chapter 8 tells of the politics in passing a referendum to allow gambling in Atlantic City. It names the politicians and fixers behind this deal. Does NJ have the reputation as the most corrupt in the nation? It was run in turn by large landowners, railroads, insurance companies, and big banks (p.62). Could this be due to its powerful state government and the relative lack of democratic power of the people?
Part II tell "The Way It Is" and covers the decade after the Casino Control Act was passed. It has all the big names in Jersey politics, and the squalid scandals. Read it for all the stories on corruption that they will never teach you in school. Since the book ends in 1985 it doesn't cover the effects of the other casinos across the country, or in nearby Connecticut. Too many casinos chasing fewer gamblers?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. John Sebastian Attorney on July 4, 2013
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An additional solid subject of Mafia corruption by Demaris, author of The Environment-friendly Green Felt Jungle and 11 various other criminal activity publications. This time he concentrates his investigative lens on Atlantic City, NJ, the most seen resort in America, a city of burnt-out desires and simple vices. A c-note back, Atlantic City was a serene oceanside refuge for well-to-do visitors from New york city and Philly. But by the 1970's, company had actually declined and a booster was required badly. Legislated gambling seemed the answer: revenues for the state, a certain. fire attraction for 60 thousand potential clients. And-- who could have thought otherwise? -- a magnet for the mob too. Quickly massive casinos dominated the horizon, 90 % of the local businesses collapsed, and intense crime increased as a little military of hookers, bilkers, pocket pickers and criminals progressed the Promenade. Mafia strongmen with peculiar nicknames like Little Pussy, Chicken Man and the Boot went to bloodletting unwanteds. Two godfathers-- Angelo Bruno and Philip Testa-- perished in the battle for a piece of the activity. Demaris digs gamely with this avalanche of dust, which covered political leaders, police, and gambling establishment owners alike. A couple of acquainted faces pop up: Frank Sinatra, who goes over as ruined, crude, and abusive; Hugh Hefner, a diffident innocent; Donald Trump, glossy with self-congratulation. If the Mafia figures multiply so quickly and act so heinously that the reader soon sheds track, a clear message nevertheless comes via: ""Wagering is a bloodsucking business that grows on the weak points of people. It leaves in its wake corruption, misusage, despair and the subversion of moral authority."" An effective little aversion therapy; it's difficult to see how anybody could possibly wager for pleasure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on November 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This turned out to be a very good read about Atlantic City, New Jersey.You are able to read about the early history of this resort city. You are taken to the time period when gambling is legalized in the city.All of the major gambling companies that came to Atlantic City(as well as Donald Trump) are given time in this book.You are introduced to the politicians,the unions,as
well as some of the underworld elements that have come to dominate the Boardwalk. This is a very thorough book about gambling and Atlantic City,New Jersey. Buy this book and get the
story on the Boardwalk.
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By john del on October 8, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lots of info on the Philadelphia mob family of the 70s that is not found in any other book. Good stuff. Lots of info on AC. Great, underrated book. Check this one out.
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By Wayne Barni on August 29, 2014
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Good traf
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