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.
"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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Good read. Told from the eyes of that time.
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An American tragedy
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.
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.
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.
It is a sad story about greed and loss of dignity and honor it did not make me cry but it is a tragedy
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