Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series

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The exhilarating true life story of one of America's most nefarious criminals, the man who fixed the 1919 World Series, and Boardwalk Empire's baddest bad guy.

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and read by Grover Gardner

The model for The Great Gatsby's Meyer Wolfsheim and Nathan Detroit from Guys and Dolls, Arnold Rothstein was an underworld genius, racketeer, rumrunner, political fixer, and criminal mastermind who, as F. Scott Fitzgerald observed, played ''with the faith of fifteen million people with the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe.'' David Piertrusza unearths the canny way Rothstein fixed the 1919 World Series and unravels the mystery of A.R.'s November 1928 murder in a Times Square hotel room.

Transporting listeners onto Jazz Age Broadway with its thugs, bookies, denizens of the race tracks, showgirls, political movers-and-shakers and stars of the Golden Age of Sports, this is a biography of the godfather of organized crime in America, who reigned supreme when the fast buck ruled and violence stalked the streets of Gotham.

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DAVID PIETRUSZA has written or edited over three dozen books. An expert on the 1920s, he works as a public information officer. He lives in upstate New York.

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Dazzling! ROTHSTEIN is nonstop fiery journalism, finely researched and colorfully written, read with truly impressive panache by the inimitable Grover Gardner. Gardner tears into the material with vigor and intelligence, a knowing insider's edge, and a smirk in each syllable. His style here is reminiscent of period radio announcers, conjuring vivid images of the streets and denizens of old New York in every breath. Be prepared for over fourteen hours of scintillating history that reveals the rampant corruption and indelible characters of the times. Arnold Rothstein grew from a rebellious Jewish boy of the tenements to one of the most influential and conniving criminal minds in history. His intricate rigging of the 1919 World Series was a gem, but Rothstein, clearly an obsessive-compulsive gambling addict, engineered some of the biggest scams, criminal networks, and graft systems ever known in America. Like many of his ilk, his personal life was a tragedy, and Rothstein surely shared the wealth. A must listen, must own audiobook. D.J.B. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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