Steel Pier, Atlantic City: Showplace of the Nation Book

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Steel Pier, Atlantic City: Showplace of the Nation, examines this attraction in a large-format, full-color coffee-table book. Author Steve Liebowitz begins with a brief history of seaside entertainment piers, competing piers in Atlantic City (such as Million Dollar, Heinz, and Steeplechase), and the uniquely American opportunities that Atlantic City presented its owners. The book carries us through incarnations of Steel Pier into the late 20th Century.

Filled with 227 historic photographs and other images, this book chronicles the rise of one of America’s most remarkable entertainment venues – “A Vacation In Itself,” as the slogan went – and how it mirrored American society from 1898-1978. For three-quarters of the last century, long before theme parks were imagined, there was nothing like it. Steel Pier was Atlantic City.


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