- Series: 1919 World
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (August 10, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786714530
- ISBN-13: 978-0786714537
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,014,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series Paperback – August 10, 2004
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About the Author
His book 1960: LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies was named by ForeWord Magazine as among the best political biographies.
Pietrusza's 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents received a Kirkus starred review, was honored as a Kirkus "Best Books of 2007" title, and was named an alternate selection of the History Book Club. Historian Richard Norton Smith has listed 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents as being among the best studies of presidential campaigns. 1920"reached #1 best-selling rank in three amazon.com non-fiction categories.
Pietrusza's biography of Arnold Rothstein entitled Rothstein: The Life, Times & Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series was a finalist for the 2003 Edgar Award.
Pietrusza's Judge and Jury, his biography of baseball's first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, received the 1998 CASEY Award.
Pietrusza collaborated with baseball legend Ted Williams on an autobiography called Ted Williams: My Life in Pictures.
He has been interviewed on NPR, MSNBC, C-SPAN, ESPN, the Fox News Channel, EBRU-TV, and the Fox Sports Channel. He has produced and written the PBS-affiliate documentary, "Local Heroes." He has served as a regular panelist on FoxNews.com Live.
Pietrusza holds a master's degrees in history from the University at Albany and has served on the City Council in Amsterdam, New York.
Pietrusza is the Recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Arts & Letters Award of the Alumni Association of the University at Albany.
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In Mr.Pietrusza's biography, this elusive enigma comes to life as a flesh and blood reality. Some of his information is new and extremely enlightening and this book is well worth the read. My only criticism is minor, with some of the logic he uses when analyzing the death of Rothstein. These meet his conclusions, while overlooking some other options that might exist. This is not to say his conclusions are wrong, but merely not as thoroughly thought out as they might have been. But these flaws are to be expected as there is much not available to the historian. Not only is history elusive, in Rothstein's case, where he kept detailed notes and records, much was destroyed to cover up the breadth and corruption that connected politicians, judges, cops, lawyers, gamblers and crooks, local,state and national, that was so vast as to take ones breath away.
Rothstein the book, is, like it's subject, intriguing, revolting, mysterious, compelling and haunting. Like the time in which he lived, Rothstein was a unique product the like of which will never come again. A one-of-a-kind type that was created by time and place and opportunity. He was a genuine genius, it is just a sad tragedy that he turned it to amoral, immoral advancement. If the twenties roared, they roared with the impact of Arnold Rothstein.
But the big unanswered question for me is this: Pietrusza demonstrates that endemic corruption made Rothstein's success possible. When, if ever, did we stop being corrupt???