Biographies & Memoirs

Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series

Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series

History remembers Arnold Rothstein as the man who fixed the 1919 World Series, an underworld genius. The real-life model for The Great Gatsby's Meyer Wolfsheim and Nathan Detroit from Guys and Dolls, Rothstein was much more—and less—than a fixer of baseball games. He was everything that made 1920s Manhattan roar. Featuring Jazz Age Broadway with its thugs, speakeasies, showgirls, political movers and shakers, and stars of the Golden Age of Sports, this is a biography of the man who dominated an age. Arnold Rothstein was a loan shark, pool shark, bookmaker, thief, fence of stolen property, political fixer, Wall Street swindler, labor racketeer, rumrunner, and mastermind of the modern drug trade. Among his monikers were "The Big Bankroll," "The Brain," and "The Man Uptown." This vivid account of Rothstein's life is also the story of con artists, crooked cops, politicians, gang lords, newsmen, speakeasy owners, gamblers and the like. Finally unraveling the mystery of Rothstein's November 1928 murder in a Times Square hotel room, David Pietrusza has cemented The Big Bankroll's place among the most influential and fascinating legendary American criminals. 16 pages of black-and-white photographs are featured.

The Players in Our Drama

Chapter 1. "I've Been Shot"

Chapter 2. "Nobody Loves Me"

Chapter 3. "Everyone Gambled"

Chapter 4. "Why Not Get Married?"

Chapter 5. "I've Got Plans"

Chapter 6. "He'll Crucify the Big Feller"

Chapter 7. "Let's Go Looking for Some Action"

Chapter 8. "Take Any Price"

Chapter 9. "Chicken Feed"

Chapter 10. "I Never Take My Troubles to the Cops"


Chapter 12. "I Wasn't In On It"

Chapter 13. "The Chic Thing to Have Good Whiskey"

Chapter 14. "The Man to See Was Arnold Rothstein"

Chapter 15. "I Can't Trust a Drunk"

Chapter 16. "I Don't Bet On ... Boxing"

Chapter 17. "I'm Not a Gambler"

Chapter 18. "I Will Be Alone"

Chapter 19. "Will I Pull Through?"

Chapter 20. Cover-up: "A Decenter, Kinder Man I Never Knew"

Chapter 21. "Tell Me Who is Using My Money for Dope"

Chapter 22. Aftermath: "A Wonderful Box"

Chapter 23. Case Closed: "I Did It, You Know"

Chapter 24. Epilogue