The New New York Times Best Seller

“Kennedy’s book on the tarnished and enigmatic Rose is exceptional. Like the best writing about sport–Liebling, Angell–it qualifies as stirring literature. I’d read Kennedy no matter what he writes about.”

–Richard Ford

“Kostya Kennedy has given us the real Pete Rose at last. Perhaps Pete does not deserve him, but baseball fans and readers who appreciate superb and subtle writing will be grateful.”

–David Maraniss

“This is a wonderful, clearly written book about a dark and complicated tragedy that continues to beset the purity of our national pastime. The whole story is here: the deeply talented, passionate ballplayer, ‘Charlie Hustle,’ and the deeply morally challenged hustler who bestrides essential questions about our national game.”

–Ken Burns

“Kennedy is a graceful writer who interweaves traditional biography with myriad explorations of the puzzle that is Rose…he weaves magic in these pages.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Pete Rose is too rich a character to fit on a bronze plaque. He requires a good, trenchant, poignant (ah, Petey) book, and this is it.”

–Roy Blount Jr.

“Kennedy touches on a theme well beyond baseball: the inherent contradictions of human nature…With writing of such quality and a subject of such complexity, it deserves to be read by anyone who appreciates good biography.”        BookPage

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“A wonderful book. And what may be the last word on a record that may last forever.”

– Gay Talese

- Winner of the Casey Award
– Runner up for the PEN/ESPN Literary Sportswriting Award

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