Monday, April 11, 2011

Jersey Shore Fact of the Day 6: Boardwalk Empire is Based on Fact

If you've seen the ritzy HBO show Boardwalk Empire, you might think it's too good to be true. It is and it isn't.

While the characters are fiction, the basis of the story and that world are very real. Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City is a book about that history, written by Nelson Johnson, an Atlantic County judge, and published by Plexus Publishing, a small press based in Marlton, NJ.

Fun, non-shore related fact: one of my first freelance assignments was a story about Plexus Publishing. I think I wrote about them in 2003. Small world.

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Patricia said...

NPR with Marty Moss Cohane did an interview recently about the true story and the players behind Boardwalk Empire. It could probably be found in the archives on whyy, Radio Times with Marty Moss Cohane. Good show, as always, with Marty.

Olivia Nellums said...

If anyone is interested, Nelson Johnson will be discussing the book at Camden County College (Civic Hall, inside the Connector Building, Blackwood Campus) this coming Thursday April 14 at 7 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at the college. Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended to ensure seating. To register or for additional information, visit ; call (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333; or e-mail
You can also find more information at this page:

I wish I could go!