Steven Hart’s second nonfiction book, American Dictators: Frank Hague, Nucky Johnson, and the Perfection of the Urban Political Machine, is now available from Rutgers University Press.

Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Powell’s Books.

Praise for American Dictators:
“A smartly written chronicle studded with serio-comic vignettes, a narrative of greed and violence, and the thorough research of an author who clearly relishes his subject . . . Hart mines this trove artfully and seductively.”
— Jonathan E. Lazarus, The Star-Ledger
“Hart’s tale of the rise and fall of these legendary bosses is shot through with crisp insights that can only come from decades covering the murky political swamps of Jersey.”

—Seamus McGraw, author of The End of Country

“Combining a writer’s eye for detail and a historian’s breadth of perspective, Hart gives life to Jersey’s two most notorious characters—and the magnificently corrupt worlds they created.”

—Helene Stapinski, author of Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History


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