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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Selena Roberts Narrator: L. J. Ganse Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Alex Rodriguez is the highest-paid player in the history of baseball, a once-in-a-generation talent poised to break many of the sport's most hallowed records. In 2007 he became the youngest player, at 32, ever to hit 500 home runs, solidifying his status as the greatest player in the modern game, and months later he signed a contract that would keep him with the Yankees through the end of his career.

His reputation changed drastically in February 2009 when Selena Roberts broke the news in Sports Illustrated that A-Rod had used performance-enhancing drugs during his 2003 MVP season with the Texas Rangers. Her report prompted a contrite Rodriguez to admit illegal drug use during his 2001–2003 seasons with the Rangers, who had signed him to the most expensive contract in Major League Baseball history.

Although he admitted to three seasons of steroid use, the man teammates call "A-Fraud" was still hiding the truth. In the first definitive biography of Alex Rodriguez, Roberts assembles the strands of a bizarre and extraordinary life: from his boyhood in New York and the Dominican Republic through his near-mythic high school career and fast track to the big leagues, the whole of A-Rod's career mirrors the rise and fall of the steroid generation.

In A-Rod, Roberts captures baseball's greatest player as a tragic figure in pinstripes: the man once considered the clean exception of the steroid genera­tion revealed as an unmistakable product of its greed and dissolution.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Important ... devastating ... merciless. 

    New York Times

  • “Her reporting is diligent, detailed, and overpowering. This is not a book of conjecture: It’s one of bootstrap journalism.”  

    New York magazine 

  • “L.J. Ganser always establishes a consistent tone in his narrations—whether he’s delivering a novel or a nonfiction investigative piece like this. Here he maintains a steady, interested tone—almost, yet not quite, bewildered—as he details Rodriguez’s steroid use, relationships, and calculated public relations efforts. Fans will glean insights as the author reveals a man whose need for acceptance dominates his life.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alex Curro | 2/15/2014

    " A-Rod by Selena Roberts is a great book about the life story of Alex Rodriguez. This book takes you through the life of A-Rod himself and his path to the majors. This book is fantastic for a baseball lover who likes to read biographies about their favorite players. It also takes you into what happened with the steroids and gives you insight from other players about other players. This book is great and i would recommend it to everyone wanting to learn the life story of perhaps one of the greatest players of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Franklin | 2/7/2014

    " I learn new thing about A- Rod i learn his cousin gave him steriod i learn what really happen when he was in a fight with Jason Veritic and i noe what happen with his divorsion with his wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mr. Steve | 2/7/2014

    " It was definitely entertaining but who knows how much of it is true! I found the lack of proof by the author quite annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jack Waters | 1/27/2014

    " It was a good read about a great ballplayer fallen victim to many problems, self-inflicted or otherwise cast upon him from outside influences. The book gives enough of a glimpse for the reader to feel sorry for A-Rod, whose career has always been under a microscope with unbelievable expectations always prevalent in everything he does, from his statistics to his on-deck antics. I'm a fan of A-Rod and was thinking the book would be anti-A-Rod, but it humanized him without giving him any shortcuts that his PR-molded persona consistently tries to portray. "

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About the Author

Selena Roberts is a senior writer with Sports Illustrated and she makes frequent appearances on the ESPN talk show The Sports Reporters. Previously, she was a columnist for the New York Times sports department and served as the Olympic writer, as well as tennis reporter, general assignment baseball writer, and beat reporter for the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets. She joined the Times in 1996 to report on the Nets. Before that, she had served as the Minnesota Vikings beat writer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Her writing career began in 1986 at the Auburn Plainsman, where she went from sports writer to assistant sports editor to sports editor in only two years.