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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Pietrusza Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The model for Meyer Wolfsheim from The Great Gatsby and Guys and Dolls' Nathan Detroit, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pietrusza does a terrific job capturing Rothstein’s colorful career.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “No other narrator could lend as much substance to this gripping account as Gardner; his gruff, straightforward baritone voice has an in-your-face quality, perfect for the subject matter.”


  • “An engaging biography…Puts real flesh on the story of how the new machinery of mass entertainment—the yellow press, movies, radio, the recording industry—created and brought together the culture of celebrity, politics, big-time sports, stock market fortunes, and organized crime in the 1920s.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “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…A must listen, must own audiobook.”


  • “Colorful biography…True crime, evil doings, and monumental double-crossing by the Irish, the Italians, the Jews, and the Machine in a savory account of the legendary bad old days.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Pietrusza not only puts clothes on the grandfather of American organized crime but puts flesh on him and blood in his veins as well. One of the handful of great books on the history of the Mob.”

    Allen Barra

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug Howgate | 2/4/2013

    " Don't remember the writing as being the best, but the (true) story is pretty hard to beat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark Nader | 4/5/2012

    " Author's slow narrative killed this story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mushtaq | 3/8/2012

    " It was clearly well researched, but too often the research seems to manifest itself in a bunch of lists of people whose relevance to the broader story was unclear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joe | 7/28/2011

    " Extremely thorough but not the page-turner I was expecting. "

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About the Author

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.