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Chance of a Lifetime: Nucky Johnson, Skinny D'Amato, and How Atlantic City Became the Naughty Queen of Resorts (signed copy)

Vicki Gold;D'Amato, Grace Anselmo; Levi

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ISBN 10: 0945582757 / ISBN 13: 9780945582755
Published by Down The Shore Publishing, Harvey Cedars, NJ, 2011
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First edition. AS NEW IN DUST JACKET. Inscribed by the author on the pictorial front free endpaper. Hardcover. 247 pp. with index. Illustrated with photographs and reproductions. Fascinating history of the iconic American shore resort from the Nucky Johnson Prohibition days to the era of the first home Rat Pack. The author offers first hand accounts as she was the wife of Willie D'Amato, who ran his brother Skinny's 500 Club. Bookseller Inventory # E12793

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Title: Chance of a Lifetime: Nucky Johnson, Skinny ...

Publisher: Down The Shore Publishing, Harvey Cedars, NJ

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: as new

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition

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A history of Atlantic City during its heyday as the nation's center of popular entertainment, Chance of a Lifetime focuses on the first half of the 20th Century. This was the city's zenith, when celebrities and tourists flocked to ''America's Playground'' -- and political corruption, illegal gambling, bootlegging, and prostitution were all sanctioned as part of the Atlantic City experience. Beginning with the early attractions of the anything-goes resort, the author explores the rise to power of notorious political boss Enoch ''Nucky'' Johnson. This sets the scene for the rise of entrepreneurial Paul ''Skinny'' D'Amato and his famed 500 Club -- a venue that encapsulated everything good, bad, and fun about the legendary resort. As D'Amato is quoted in the book, ''Atlantic City was Las Vegas. This town was wide open.'' We are given an intimate, nostalgic tour of the city's storied history by insider Grace Anselmo D'Amato, whose husband managed the 500 Club for his brother Skinny. The book includes a foreword by renowned Atlantic City historian Vicki Gold Levi. Chance of a Lifetime is lavishly illustrated with 178 images of celebrity, 500 Club, and historic Atlantic City photographs, in three lengthy gallery sections specially printed on 96 gallery pages -- with additional images throughout the text.

From the Inside Flap:

The breaks are everything. It¹s the roll of the dice, the flip of a coin, the cut of the cards, the turn of the wheel.... You have to be in the right place at the right time. - Skinny D'Amato

In her glory days, Atlantic City was a sideshow on piers, a carnival on the Boardwalk, a house of women for hire, a back room full of cards and money. A world where visitors shed clothes at the beach and inhibitions at nightclubs, where more people came for sin than sun. She was a place where anything goes and everyone went, where the rules did not apply. Atlantic City was the birthplace of American Cool in mid-century, the first home of the Rat Pack, a haven where a down-and-out Frank Sinatra was always welcome - and never forgot it.

This book is the history of an iconographic American resort that explores showbiz greats who got their start there, real-life excesses that strain even the wildest imaginations and the outrageous characters who made it all happen. In this city of paradox, imbalance generated stability, mobsters were welcome, and recklessness brought people happiness.

Look closely at the details - the rumrunners, the Boardwalk and the clubs, and at their sepia images fading into time gone by - in the pivotal decades from Prohibition to the Jet Age. These were the golden years, when celebrities and tourists filled the days and nights of Atlantic City, when political corruption, illegal gambling and prostitution were all part of the Atlantic City Experience. Chance of a Lifetime details the rise and fall, and rise again, of Atlantic City¹s glorious glitz and guts.

Chance of a Lifetime is the inside story of that fantastic time by one who saw and heard it firsthand. Author Grace Anselmo D'Amato was married to Willie D¹Amato, manager of his brother Skinny's 500 Club. In this intimate account of the city, the club and the famous and infamous people who passed through, the author shares a very personal view of the naughty Queen of Resorts. The reader can almost imagine sitting in a zebra-print booth at the old Five when she drops by to tell the storied history of this 20th-century playground by the sea.

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