The West Side YMCA Writer’s Voice Visiting Author Series Presents: A Return Engagement! David Pietrusza (“Rothstein”)

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Author David Pietrusza will discuss his Edgar Award nominated book, "Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius who Fixed the 1919 World Series"

David Pietrusza will discuss his latest book “Rothstein: The Life, Times and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series” at Manhattan's West Side YMCA on Friday night, April 30, 2004.

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.

David Pietrusza has 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. Pietrusza’s most recent book, Ted Williams: My Life in Pictures, was written with Ted Williams. He lives in upstate New York. Visit his website

The New York Times has written: "Pietrusza, the author of several books about baseball, does a terrific job capturing Rothstein's colorful career and sheds new light on Rothstein's role in fixing the World Series . . ."

The Daily News wrote: "Recommended reading."

Publishers Weekly called Rothstein "Strong investigative journalism . . . [it] sweeps readers into the seedy world of Tammany Hall politics, violent mobsters, dirty cops and paid-off judges. . . ."

**Also of interest: The next day, May 1, 2004, Pietrusza will host a walking tour of Arnold Rothstein’s New York. For information, see:

Accessible Trains: A, B, C, D, 1 & 9 to 59th Street/Columbus Circle; the West Side YMCA is located between Central Park West & Broadway.

When: Friday, April 30, 2004--7:00 PM

Where: The Little Theatre

West Side YMCA

5 West 63rd Street

New York, New York

Cost: Admission Free

Copies of Rothstein (published by Carroll & Graf) will be available for sale at this reading and Mr. Pietrusza will autograph copies.

Contact: Dwight Jordan,

Communications Director

(212) 875-4398


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