Keith O'Brien - CHARLIE HUSTLE: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball

“As much as many fans of the game want to forget this sordid tale, Keith O'Brien reminds us of its centrality to the story of our National Pastime. It's a dazzling, soaring accomplishment, a counterpoint to the tragic fall of one of the game's greatest, brought on entirely by his own hubris, arrogance andinsolent disregard for baseball's stern code.”—Ken Burns

Please join us when journalist and New York Times bestselling author Keith O’Brien returns to Octavia Books to present and sign his new book, CHARLIE HUSTLE: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball, the definitive story of Pete Rose's rise and fall, built with the help of federal court documents never utilized before, interviews with three former associates who placed Pete's bets on baseball, 27 hours of interviews with Pete himself,and over 150 hours of interviews in all. It is the story unlike it's ever been told before at a time when Pete's greatest sin—gambling on sports—is now legal in most places and encouraged by baseball itself. This year, Americans are on pace to legally wager $130 billion on sports, a new record.
CHARLIE HUSTLE is also a snapshot of baseball and America during a time when everything changed. Between 1960 and 1989—Pete's career in baseball—the game transitioned from being an unpolished national pastime, rough around the edges and to a diverse, billion-dollar sport covered by 24-hour news networks. Pete's many misdeeds in the shadows would not be tolerated in this new world. And the book makes clear that Pete self-destructs off the field for the same reason why he ever succeeded on it. Put simply: He refused to lose. He refused to break. He refused to tell the truth about his addictions, until it was too late.

KEITH O’BRIEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Paradise Falls, Fly Girls, and Outside Shot, a finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting, and an award-winning journalist. O’Brien has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico, and his stories have also appeared on National Public Radio and This American Life. He lives in New Hampshire.


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Monday, April 8, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball By Keith O'Brien Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593317372
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - March 26th, 2024

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A captivating chronicle of the incredible story of one of America’s most iconic, charismatic, and still polarizing figures—baseball immortal Pete Rose—and an exquisite cultural history of baseball and America in the second half of the twentieth century • "Comprehensive, compulsively readable and wholly terrific."—

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