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

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History remembers Arnold Rothstein as the man who fixed the 1919 World Series, an underworld genius. The real-life model for The Great Gatsby's Meyer Wolfsheim and Nathan Detroit from Guys and Dolls, Rothstein was much more—and less—than a fixer of baseball games. He was everything that made 1920s Manhattan roar. Featuring Jazz Age Broadway with its thugs, speakeasies, showgirls, political movers and shakers, and stars of the Golden Age of Sports, this is a biography of the man who dominated an age. Arnold Rothstein was a loan shark, pool shark, bookmaker, thief, fence of stolen property, political fixer, Wall Street swindler, labor racketeer, rumrunner, and mastermind of the modern drug trade. Among his monikers were "The Big Bankroll," "The Brain," and "The Man Uptown." This vivid account of Rothstein's life is also the story of con artists, crooked cops, politicians, gang lords, newsmen, speakeasy owners, gamblers and the like. Finally unraveling the mystery of Rothstein's November 1928 murder in a Times Square hotel room, David Pietrusza has cemented The Big Bankroll's place among the most influential and fascinating legendary American criminals. 16 pages of black-and-white photographs are featured.

About the Author

David Pietrusza or edited over three dozen books. His Judge and Jury: The Life and Times of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis captured the 1998 CASEY Award. He was an editor of Total Baseball, the Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball. Pietruszas most recent book, Ted Williams: My Life in Pictures, was written with Ted Williams. He lives in upstate New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465029389
Author:
Pietrusza, David
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 18

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