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Publisher's Summary

In 1919, American headlines proclaimed the fix and cover-up of the World Series as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America." In this painstaking review, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the scandal, in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation’s leading gamblers to throw the series to Cincinnati. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial. Moving behind the scenes, he perceptively examines the backgrounds and motives of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this compelling American drama will appeal to all those interested in American popular culture.
©1963 Eliot Asinof (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Dramatic detail…an admirable journalistic feat!" (New York Times)
"As thrilling as a cops and robbers tome!" (Boston Globe)
"The most thorough investigation of the Black Sox scandal on record…a vividly, excitingly written book." (Chicago Tribune)
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By Amazon Customer on 02-06-16

Good read. Told from the eyes of that time.

Told from the 1919 perspective and not a look back. Enjoyed it very much and would recommend to anyone who loves history, sports, or both.

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By keith on 08-05-14

An American tragedy

What did you love best about Eight Men Out?

The period of time the story takes place. The people that cause the tragedy to happen to them selves except maybe buck weaver and the dark Sydenham of how games could be fixed.

What other book might you compare Eight Men Out to and why?

I saw the movie and it was good but the book gives you much better insight.no book I have read compares with thi one.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many but when shoeless joe is found to have given his depositin and took the money well that was the most painful scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is a sad story about greed and loss of dignity and honor it did not make me cry but it is a tragedy

Any additional comments?

You do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book it is a great story worth buying and litsoning to time and again

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