American Dictators is the dual biography of two of America’s greatest political bosses: Frank Hague and Enoch “Nucky” Johnson. Packed with compelling information and written in an informal, sometimes humorous style, the book shows Hague and Johnson at the peak of their power and the strength of their political machines during the years of Prohibition and the Great Depression. Steven Hart compares how both men used their influence to benefit and punish the local citizenry, amass huge personal fortunes, and sometimes collaborate to trounce their enemies. Nucky Johnson of course is the real life inspiration for the fictionalized Nucky Thompson, made popular on the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. Steven Hart is a journalist and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Salon. He is the author of The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America’s First Superhighway and two novels. He has been a featured guest on National Public Radio’s On the Media and on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show and The Leonard Lopate Show.
American Dictators: Frank Hague, Nucky Johnson and the Perfection of the Urban Political Machine
An Author Talk and Book signing with Steven Hart
Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm