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Title American dictators : Frank Hague, Nucky Johnson, and the perfection of the urban political machine / Steven Hart.
Imprint New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2013]


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 182 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates)
Series Rivergate regionals
Rivergate regionals.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject Hague, Frank, 1876-1956.
Johnson, Nucky, 1883-1968.
Hague, Frank, 1876-1956.
Johnson, Nucky, 1883-1968.
Politicians -- United States -- Biography.
Political culture -- United States -- Case studies.
Metropolitan government -- United States -- Case studies.
City and town life -- United States -- Case studies.
Mayors -- New Jersey -- Jersey City -- Biography.
Politicians -- New Jersey -- Atlantic City -- Biography.
Jersey City (N.J.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Atlantic City (N.J.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
New Jersey -- Atlantic City.
New Jersey -- Jersey City.
United States.
Genre Electronic books.
Case studies.
Contents Introduction: The One Who Got Away, and the One Who Didn't -- In the Court of the Emerald King -- Lines of Power -- Boom Times -- Hard Times -- Public Works -- A Choice of Enemies -- Decline and Fall -- Epilogue: The Machines That Didn't Stop.
Summary 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. Both Hague and Johnson shrewdly integrated otherwise disenfranchised groups into their machines and gave them a stake in political power. Yet each failed to adapt to changing demographics and circumstances. In American Dictators, Hart paints a balanced portrait of their accomplishments and their failures. -- Publisher website.
Other Title Print version: Hart, Steven, 1958- American dictators 9780813562131