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Publisher's Summary

In 1919, American headlines proclaimed the fix and cover-up of the World Series as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America." In this painstaking review, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the scandal, in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation’s leading gamblers to throw the series to Cincinnati. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial. Moving behind the scenes, he perceptively examines the backgrounds and motives of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this compelling American drama will appeal to all those interested in American popular culture.

©1963 Eliot Asinof (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Dramatic detail…an admirable journalistic feat!" (New York Times)
"As thrilling as a cops and robbers tome!" (Boston Globe)
"The most thorough investigation of the Black Sox scandal on record…a vividly, excitingly written book." (Chicago Tribune)

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Good read. Told from the eyes of that time.

Told from the 1919 perspective and not a look back. Enjoyed it very much and would recommend to anyone who loves history, sports, or both.

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  • keith
  • newark, OH, United States
  • 08-05-14

An American tragedy

What did you love best about Eight Men Out?

The period of time the story takes place. The people that cause the tragedy to happen to them selves except maybe buck weaver and the dark Sydenham of how games could be fixed.

What other book might you compare Eight Men Out to and why?

I saw the movie and it was good but the book gives you much better insight.no book I have read compares with thi one.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many but when shoeless joe is found to have given his depositin and took the money well that was the most painful scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is a sad story about greed and loss of dignity and honor it did not make me cry but it is a tragedy

Any additional comments?

You do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book it is a great story worth buying and litsoning to time and again

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Knocked it out of the park

This is a really interesting story, it's got a lot of baseball history which even I found interesting not being a huge fan of the sport. The narration is a bit dry at times, I found myself zoning out, but I don't think I missed anything - in that way I guess it is sort of like the game itself.

I recommend this for baseball fans obviously but also for history fans.

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Thoroughly reasearched

As a long time baseball fan I've always heard about this book but I don't actually tend to read sporting books. Also I enjoyed the peak into the era. But I think this is a classic baseball story and included a lot of details that pretty much incriminate baseball ownership.

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Eight Men Out

Interesting story! I've heard of the 1919 fix and even watched the movie but hearing the book brings it all together. This book doesn't draw you in and hold you on the edge of your seat but if you enjoy knowing of this great country's past, read it! I didn't so much like the narrator though. I think there are others that could hold your interest in the book better.

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  • jeff
  • Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • 05-13-15

HITS A HOMERUN!!

Where does Eight Men Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Tops. Couldn't find a better story, not just baseball, but all around story. Was a great human drama, and gave a good sense of what baseball, and the country was like right after the First World War

Who was your favorite character and why?

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson because he did the right thing, he tried to tell his club that he had received money for fixing the series, but no one cared enough to listen due to his lack of education

Which character – as performed by Harold N. Cropp – was your favorite?

The whole book was performed well by Mr. Cropp, he added a sense of drama to the story, right book equals right narrator

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  • Tom
  • Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada
  • 03-17-14

A true work of genius

What did you love best about Eight Men Out?

The aura of the story.....the evil owner and his allstar team pf miscreants. Excellent work.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrative and narration were top shelf

What about Harold N. Cropp’s performance did you like?

His soft delivery and professional narration. Nothing forced or ginned up. Just perfect.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Naw, just a great work of history.

Any additional comments?

I'm not a baseball fan, bit I loved the intrigue. Wonderful.