I received a prepublication copy of this book (October 2, 2015) through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google + pages along with NetGalley, Amazon and Goodreads.
I requested this book as I have an interest in baseball (especially the New York Yankees) and have always been interested in the events surrounding the 1919 World Series and the “Black Sox.”
The author, Charles Fountain, does a very good job of researching the subject and addressing as many of the myths surrounding the Black Sox scandal. Like many subjects that took place during this time a great deal of what transpired can not be totally verified. He takes us back to the beginning of baseball as we know it covering other instances of possible collusion between players and players and gamblers. It appears to have been somewhat prevalent up to the 1919 World Series and it was only with the appointment of Kennesaw Mountain Landis that it was finally curbed to a large extent. He also does an excellent job of detailing the roles and what happens to the key players (both baseball and gambling related).
The author’s writing style is very engaging making the book a quick read for those who are interested in baseball and this particular episode in its history.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of baseball.