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.

"Rothstein paints a fascinating, engrossing portrait
of a modern-day Professor Moriarity, set in a
Roaring Twenties universe of crime and
corruption, violence and greed.  Only Arnold
Rothstein dared to fix a World Series, or his own
trial for shooting two policemen. Only David
Pietrusza could have so vividly recreated his life,
his death, and his era."
Dick Thornburgh, former United States
Attorney General and Governor of

"Arnold Rothstein was the Thomas Edison of
modern crime, inventing much of it and
streamlining the rest. Investment houses, credit-
card issuers, and lottery hawkers have been
enriched by his legacy. David Pietrusza's
monumental biography of this evil genius is
astonishingly detailed and grippingly narrated;
there's a revelation in every chapter. Only
Rothstein could have spun so tangled a web; only
Pietrusza, seventy-five years after his subject's
death, could have set it straight."
John Thorn, sports historian and editor of
Total Baseball

"In the words of Michael Stuhlberg, the actor who
played him so superbly in
Boardwalk Empire,
put it, playing Arnold Rothstein was 'like putting
clothes on a ghost.' David 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

"David Pietrusza's research opens the wonderous
underworld that lurked below the Roaring 20s.
Rothstein is witty, amusing, original, and ultimately
very informative."
Donn Rogosin, author of Invisible Men:
Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues

"David Pietrusza's Rothstein: The Life, Times,
and Murder of the Criminal Genius who Fixed
the 1919 World Series
is brillianta vivid,
superbly researched portrait of the boss who
ruled Broadway in its heyday."
—Kevin Cook, author of
Tommy's Honor
Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet
on Everything

Rose Keefe, author of Guns and Roses:
The Untold Story of
Dean O'Banion and The
Man Who Got Away: The Bugs Moran Story

"It doesn't matter how much you know or
have researched the 1919 Black Sox Scandal,
you must read
Rothstein. Pietrusza pulls it all
together and —or the first time—the pieces of the
ongoing mystery saga fall into place. "
—Susan Dellinger, Ph.D. , author of Red
Legs and Black Sox (Emmis Books, 2006)
The New York Times
Meet Arnold Rothstein and meet the legends of
decades ago—con artists Nicky Arnstein and
Wilson Mizner; legal mastermind Bill "The Great
Mouthpiece" Fallon; crooked cops Big Bill
Devery and
Charles Becker; baseball's John
"Mugsy" McGraw and the Black Sox; boxers
Abe "The Little Champ" Attell, Jack Dempsey,
Gene Tunney, and Benny Leonard; politicians
Jimmy Walker, "Big Tim" Sullivan, and Fiorello
LaGuardia; ganglords Lucky Luciano, Meyer
Lansky, Legs Diamond, Lepke Buchalter, and
Little Augie Orgen; newsmen Damon Runyon,
Herbert Bayard Swope and William Randolph
Hearst; show business's Fanny Brice, George
M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Billy Rose, Marion
Davies, and Fats Waller; speakeasy owners
Larry Fay and Texas Guinan; gambler
"Nick the Greek" Dandalos.

Rothstein is the epic story of Manhattan in the
Roaring Twenties as its
never been told before.

If you've been transfixed by
Arnold Rothstein, now you can learn .
. . the even more amazing rest of the story.
It's All Here—

  • The amazing, complex story of how
    gambling kingpin Arnold Rothstein
    conspired to fix the 1919 World Series
    and kept out of jail when the whole
    scheme blew sky high.
  • Arnold Rothstein's mysterious
    November 1928 murder. Finally
    revealed: Who did it. Why. And why
    so many powerful people found the
    truth inconvenient.
  • How Rothstein's violent death
    eventually helped bring down
    Tammany Hall, the nation's biggest
    political machineand helped make
    Fiorello LaGuardia mayor and Franklin
    Roosevelt president.
  • Millions in stolen bonds. The accused:
    dapper conman Nicky Arnstein. His
    wife: Broadway star Fanny Brice. The
    shadowy figure behind the crime:
    Arnstein's idol, Arnold Rothstein.
  • How on July 4, 1921 Arnold Rothstein
    won $850,000 on a single horse race
    and had it figured how he would
    make money even if his horse lost.
  • How Arnold Rothstein and his
    henchman Abe Attell boldly worked to
    fix the first Jack Dempsey-Gene
    Tunney heavyweight title fight.
  • Wall Street swindles and scams in the
    Roaring Twenties. The bankroll behind
    the crooked brokerage houses: Arnold
  • Arnold Rothstein's brilliant, flamboyant
    lawyer: Bill "The Great Mouthpiece"
    Fallon. How Fallon saved himself from
    jury-tampering charges by putting
    media czar William Randolph Hearst
    and his mistress actress Marion Davies
    on trial.
  • How Arnold Rothstein and Captain
    Alfred Loewenstein, the world's third-
    richest person, worked to create the
    modern international drug trade.
  • Arnold Rothstein: the father of
    organized crime, mentor to gangland
    immortals Meyer Lansky, Lucky
    Luciano, Legs Diamond, Lepke
ISBN: 0-7867-1250-3
$27.00 hardcover
$16.00 paperback
496 pages
Biography/True Crime
Excerpted in
Matt Silverman
and Greg Spira's
USA Today
Sports Weekly
Best Baseball
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reveal much about the culture and society of
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