Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series
Arnold Rothstein's life should have been fascinating. Maybe it was, but the book is mostly just a string of anecdotes about Rothstein and Broadway and other New York lowlifes in the first 28 years of the 20th Century. There are a lot of stories to wade through. And it's hard to keep track of who is who.
The part about the 1919 World...more
Known as the man who fixed the 1919 World Series (and got away with it). He also had a substantial hand in both the Bootlegging and later drug trade in New York City.There are a number of very interesting episodes which th...more
That being said there will be those who argue that Petrusza has essentially over played his hand here and magnified A.R.'s importance but I'd argue that the sources and extensive research give his point of view some merit. This is not a polem...more
Rothstein is one of the most fascinating characters of this period – he had his hands in every piece of the pie from gambling, to rum running, fixing sports...more
My main pr...more
The book is very well researched and dug deep into Rothstein's life, presenting all aspects of his life from birth to his death. It also discusses most of his 'businesses' and alliances in detail. It can certainly be the definitive bio of AR, but there are weaknesses.
The topics fly all over the place and often jumps from one topic to the other, which makes...more
Here's a slightly different take: Is it just -possible- that maybe Rothstein wasn't a major player, just a gambler and hanger-on who happened to know a bunch of people who were or became notorious?
It's at least as likely as the viewpoint pushed in this book, but I guess that second hypothesis wouldn't...more
However, in the middle that started to taper off and by the last hundred or so pages, there were simply too many superfluous facts and dates and names, that getting to the end became a chore.
There was a little too much devotion to specific (often not pertinent) details and not enough to the story.
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