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Hustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  88 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Who is Pete Rose? Is he Charlie Hustle, the all-American kid who never grew up, who pushed and stretched himself to get the most out of his limited talent, who would do anything in his power to win and to be a part of the game he loved? Or is he the bloated ex-athlete who broke baseball's one absolute taboo, and who was willing to drag down the whole structure of the sport ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Simon Schuster (first published September 1990)
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Mark Taylor
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pete Rose is a jerk who bet on baseball. That’s the conclusion I’m left with at the end of Michael Sokolove’s excellent 1990 book Hustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose. Although Sokolove’s book is nearly twenty five years old, and appeared just a year after Rose was handed down a lifetime ban from baseball, it’s still an impressive piece of journalism. Sokolove did his homework, as he interviewed 112 people in the course of writing Hustle, and the book thoroughly covers Rose’s life and c ...more
Glen Russell Slater
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While I don't like to use the expression that FOX "News" network has co-opted, "fair and well-balanced", I would have to say that the phrase applies when describing this book. This book reminds us that there really is no black and white; that every person is made up of subtle shades of grey. Pete Rose is no exception. He did a lot of questionable things, yet was one of the least prejudiced people on his teams. He resisted attempts by the Cincinnati Reds' organization (in the early 1960s) to not ...more
Wilma
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Well I am truly disappointed. Pete Rose was a dick. Or so this book claims.

The book wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be. I wouldn't recommend it.

Two of my childhood heroes crushed. Pete Rose and O J Simpson. Is anything sacred? I guess Pete didn't kill his wife. He is still one of the greatest baseball players ever. I still feel he should be in the Hall of Fame. (There are plenty of other dicks in there already.)
Chris Dean
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very thorough examination of not only the downfall of Pete Rose, but all that led up to that point. Excellent examination of Rose's character and all angles and potential arguments are covered. Important to remember that most of this text was written during the time when most still felt Rose was a sympathetic figure. Author does a great job of separating the ballplayer from the man and what built up the ballplayer took down the man.
George Cunningham
I still think Pete deserves to be in The Hall. He may be a man who thinks he's above the law, denied ever betting on Baseball, and hung with suspect people, but that does not take away his talent, tenacity and his love for the game. We will probably never see the likes of anyone like this again.
Mickey Mantle
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting insight into the fall of Pete Rose....no holds barred...you actually feel sympathetic because Rose seems to be an individual without empathy for ANYONE and without too many real brains.
"Street Smart" folks aren't real bright.
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