Today's KDD: Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, by Nelson Johnson. Normally $9.99, now $1.99!

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Amazon reviewer R.M. Booklover says "I originally bought this book for my husband. We don't get HBO, but he had heard about the show and decided reading the book was the next best thing. Then he waited impatiently for the show to come out on DVD which it finally did around Christmas. After watching a few episodes, I decided it would be worth while to read the book myself. I grew up in New Jersey and went to Atlantic City many times with my parents. All I knew was the beach, the boardwalk (wonderfully tacky) and the convention center where my dad attended the teacher's convention. I had no idea how Atlantic City came to be or how the influence of people like Nucky Thompson effected it's growth and development. What a compelling story. There's just enough detail and so many fascinating characters that it's hard to choose the most interesting. Don't confuse this book with the HBO show. It's the real story of Atlantic City with all its warts."

Providing the inspiration and source material for the upcoming HBO series produced by Academy Award -winning director Martin Scorsese and Emmy Award -winning screenwriter Terence Winter, this riveting and wide-reaching history explores the sordid past of Atlantic City -forever a freewheeling town long-dedicated to the fast buck -from the city's heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era. A colorful cast of powerful characters, led by Commodore Kuehnle and Nucky Johnson, populates this stranger-than-fiction account of corrupt politics and the toxic power structure that grew out of guile, finesse, and extortion. Atlantic City's shadowy past -through its rise, fall, and rebirth -is given new light in this revealing, and often appalling, study of legislative abuse and organized crime.

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