Thursday, April 8, 2010

A-Rod by Selena Roberts

Genre: Non-Fiction

This is a synopsis from Barnes & Noble...


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.

Roberts goes beyond the sensational headlines, probing A-Rod's childhood to reveal a man torn by obligation to his family and the pull of his insatiable hedonism, a conflict—epitomized by his relationship with Madonna and devotion to Kabbalah—that led to the end of his six-year marriage. Roberts sheds new light on A-Rod's abuse of performance-enhancing drugs, a practice he appears to have begun asearly as high school and that extended into his Yankee years. She chronicles his secretive real estate deals, gets inside the negotiations for his latest record-breaking contract with the Yankees, and examines the insecurities that compel him to seek support from a motivational guru before every game.

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.

My thoughts....

It's an interesting book, but I always have a problem with "tell all" books as I'm never sure how much true information the author really has. It's a well written and fast-paced book and I wouldn't be surprised if the things in the book are true, but I also wouldn't be surprised if they weren't. I guess my belief with "tell all" books are that the truth is somewhere in the middle.

I'm going to give this one a rating of three little kitty cats :)

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  1. Huge Yankee fan here! I don't think I will read this one. I'm not crazy about tell-alls either. Plus A-Rod is such a controversial figure anyway. I think anyone and everyone jumps on the bandwagon when there's any hint of scandal. Look at Tiger Woods right now... how long will it be before there are 170 "tell-alls" about HIM??
    thanks for the review!

  2. So true, it may be a tell it all, but we never knwo if they do tell it all

  3. I always take these books with a grain of salt too since it seems like the negative stuff is more emphasized than the positive and there always has to be a balance.

  4. sounds interesting, I do wonder how much of it is true. Great review.


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