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Boardwalk Playground: The Making, Unmaking, & Remaking of Atlantic City: How the people of a New Jersey resort built a seaside paradise, lost it, ... town, mostly lost it, and kept on dreaming Paperback – August 4, 2015
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Atlantic City has always been a place where unique entertainment attractions were showcased and sometimes copied throughout the world. Dr. Schwartz accurately tells the history of a city that, at times, has been truly GREAT, and has created within each citizen - both past and present - the desire to rebuild toward a Shangri-La, an earthly paradise. With the knowledge of past history, we all can contribute to another rebirth of America's Playground. Thank you, Dr. Schwartz, for taking this first step.
--Paul Steelman, AIA, NCARB, CEO, Steelman Partners
Although he grew up in the casino era, David G. Schwartz's passion for and knowledge of Atlantic City goes way back in history. If Boardwalk Empire made you believe there was more to Atlantic City than simply casinos, Schwartz's new book will surely give you a well-rounded understanding of the rich history and characters that have shaped the Boardwalk town.
-- Roger Gros, Publisher, Global Gaming Business
From the Author
This was a book I had to write. I was born in and grew up in Atlantic City, and I write about history, so a book of Atlantic City history is a natural for me. The book started as a series of monthly columns in Casino Connection magazine, a publication geared towards casino employees. Basically, the idea was, if I had a few minutes to tell someone something interesting about Atlantic City history, what would it be?
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The chapters are short -- I know they were previously articles in an industry rag, but they must have been fluffy blurbs since the author notes he's fleshed them out. They are also really repetitive and while each one theoretically has a theme, they don't general focus on those themes or get down into the nitty gritty or even the interesting trivia of each theme.
There's an over-arching theme that Gambling Saved Atlantic City! But honestly with all the casinos doing poorly, I wonder how true that is.
I love the format of this book. It doesn't get bogged down with long, overly detailed narratives, as many history books do. Rather, it provides bite-sized profiles of the many interesting place and characters that have played key roles in the city's past.
It's a really well-written, fun read about a city with layers and layers of history.