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A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez [Kindle Edition]

Selena Roberts
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Book Description

“Diligent, detailed, and overpowering. This is not a book of conjecture: It’s one of bootstrap journalism.”

 —New York magazine


The New York Times calls sports journalist Selena Roberts’s blistering biography, A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez, “Important…devastating…merciless.” A columnist for Sports Illustrated, Roberts pulls no punches in her tough and brilliant New York Times bestseller, an exploration of the multi-million-dollar Yankees slugger’s checkered life and career. A-Rod is an eye-opening, unputdownable look at one of the greatest—and most flawed—players in today’s game.

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We learn many of Rodriguez’s secrets in Roberts’s meticulously reported psychological profile…

About the Author

Selena Roberts, formerly a columnist for the New York Times, is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. She lives in Connecticut.

Product Details

  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061791652
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028BLTXG
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Feature Article Stretched into a Book May 22, 2009
By mw1817
This book, if it were to be written at all, would have been far better in someone else's hands. Selena Roberts' treatment of Alex Rodriguez is superficial at best and biased at worst.

If you dislike the Yankees or dislike players that sign long-term contracts for great sums of money, then you'll probably enjoy this book. If you're fairly neutral on both fronts (as I am), then this book won't cast a very long shadow upon your life.

There are two main problems with the book. First, it's abundantly clear that Selena Roberts personally dislikes Alex Rodriguez. She's certainly entitled to feel this way, but this should not come through in a book that is supposed to be the product of serious journalism. Second (and this is connected with the first) Rodriguez's use of steroids is this book's raison d'etre. It's as though Roberts said to herself, "Yes! We caught him using banned substances, now I can write that book."

The rather superficial picture of Rodriguez we get is of a guy who will do anything to win, including making use of stolen signs and performance enhancing drugs. Why does he do this? Roberts lacks the gravitas to tell us. Rodriguez's dad left when he was 10 years old and he was understandably affected by this. But beyond needing approval from others and missing his dad while growing up, how exactly did it affect him? We're never told. Roberts' failure in this regard shouldn't come as a surprise. Her bibliography is mostly composed of magazine and newspaper articles with comparatively few interviews.

Nearly everything in the book is told through the prism of Rodriguez's use of steroids or is only mentioned because it relates directly to steroids.
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77 of 103 people found the following review helpful
As a Red Sox fan, I've been giddy about this book coming out. I just wish it had been written by somebody other than Selena Roberts. This is the woman who convicted the Duke lacrosse team in column after column and when it came out that she had used a column in one of the world's most prominent newspapers to heap scorn on three innocent college kid's, she couldn't even admit she was wrong, much less issue an apology.

Even with her past, I was interested to read the book in the hopes that she would do some real reporting and have some real facts to back up the sordid stories. It turns out that we knew most of what she had hard core evidence to prove months ago, and the rest comes from anonymous sources and pure speculation. Given her past history of making up facts in order to sell a story, I'm a little leery.

If you're a baseball fan, I would suggest reading it. If nothing else it's pretty juicy gossip for your bathroom reading time. If you're looking for well-researched facts and good investigative journalism, keep looking. This is the National Enquirer of sports books. Sure it might be true. Some of it actually seems probable. But who knows if it's really true or not? Unfortunately, Ms. Roberts' past reputation and the lack of hard evidence presented in this book cannot answer that question.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tabloid Trash May 27, 2009
I'll kick myself for paying good money to read this junk. A bunch of hearsay from nameless people with no facts to back it up. Initially figured it would be as detailed as the book on Bonds. Shoulda waited for media reviews instead of buying it right away. Many facts are being refuted publicly by some former teammates and managers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow interpretation of a shallow man June 29, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
I will confess up front - I am not an Alex Rodriguez fan. Having been a lifelong sports fan, I love baseball. However, I also am one of those annoying people who feel that by paying players astronomical salaries, it is tarnishing the reputation of the game, and leading more and more players to find sources of quick enhancements (i.e., steroids) to help them excel at the game and have an edge to get to the next tax bracket.

That said, I think Selena Roberts had some interesting points. I'm sure it is difficult enough being a female sports journalist without attempting a stark portrait of the highest paid player in the game. However, I thought she interjected her own thoughts and persona far too much. I didn't need to see the "character" Selena Roberts show up at A-Rod's house, and hear how she interviewed his father. Those were somewhat amateurish scenes that a professional writer should be far beyond. With that, I thought she quoted too heavily from Jose Canseco's "Juiced." If I had wanted to know what he thought about A-Rod and steroid use in MLB, I would have purchased his book - but since I don't care what he has to say, I really didn't like having those longer passages from his book quoted.

I know this book has come under criticism as not having enough sources, and I can see where that might be a problem. However, I did think that she spoke to and named several people who seemed to know Alex very well who were willing to go on the record to speak to his alleged steroid use and his philandering behavior.

In the end, the book dragged on too long at parts, and wasn't nearly the scathing criticism I thought it would be. Roberts shows sympathy for the man in some respects (boy abandoned early on by adored father), but doesn't make the extra effort to delve beneath the surface and show the true man he has become. Maybe she's saving more for a follow up book that goes beneath the surface.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Roberts Could Do Much Better Than This
Superficial and unreadable.
Published 3 months ago by BrkrDave
1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed
I found the book to be a tad boring, and repetitive. The subject matter is predictable, and its only saving grace is it gives a decent background of Mr. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael J. Mclaughlin
3.0 out of 5 stars For real?
Very informative, yet not an easy read. I, like many others enjoyed watching Rodriguez come through the ranks. A great athlete who seems to have lost is way. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lisa K.Diedrick
2.0 out of 5 stars Was There No Budget for Fact-Checkers?
I don't think too highly of this book in general. The author clearly seemed to have it in for Alex Rodriguez from page one. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Matthew Davidson
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-Extended and Under-Reported
This book reads exactly like what it is--the extension of a piece of journalism. Most journalism cares nothing about history and, possibly, even less about culture. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Roderick T. Leupp
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better
I read "A-Rod" because I wanted to learn more about him now that he has been caught doping a second time. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tyler Bridges
3.0 out of 5 stars Arod
The author at times goes out of her way to connect a seemingly unrelated story back to steroids and it is clear throughout that she has an agenda against Arod. Read more
Published on March 17, 2013 by Ryan Baney
2.0 out of 5 stars A little too personal
A comprehensive book about A-Rods history of PED use ,you would think, would be wildly popular right now. Read more
Published on March 1, 2013 by Khan Sing
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent at Best
This book is a decent. While I definitely did learn a lot about Arods life and career, I felt that many parts were written as one long gossip article. Read more
Published on December 26, 2012 by Brooklyn Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Read with an open mind, great information
This book was great. It had some great information about Alex, his upbringing and important events in his life. Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by Greg
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