Reviews, Comments, Praise

“He is an immensely talented writer who knows what he is doing, and he does it better than just about anybody else.”

-Scott Ferkovich. CASEY Award judge

  • Review 11

    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.

  • Review 10

    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.

  • Review 8

    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,’…

  • Review 7

    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.


    56” is loaded with Americana — you can almost smell the marinara sauce simmering in Italian restaurants and hear the crackling of radios from New York to Los Angeles  as Americans everywhere began and ended…


    Kostya Kennedy, a former Senior Writer and Assistant Managing Editor at Sports Illustrated, is an Editorial Director at Time Inc. He is The New York Times best-selling author of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports (runner-up for the 2012 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing) and Pete Rose: An American Dilemma. Both won the CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year. He has taught at Columbia and NYU, and lives with his wife and children in Westchester County, N.Y.


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