A-Rod The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez (Paperback)
|Author: Selena Roberts|
|Through exhaustive reporting and interviews, "Sports Illustrated" writer Roberts explores Alex Rodriguez''s path to self-destruction--both on and off the baseball diamond. color photo insert.|
From the Publisher:
The highest-paid player in the history of baseball and widely regarded as the greatest in the modern game, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez ensured his place in the record books in 2007 when, at thirty-two, he became the youngest player to hit five hundred home runs. But his reputation changed drastically two years later, when Selena Roberts broke the news in Sports Illustrated that he had used performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers and later with the Yankees.
In A-Rod, Roberts chronicles Rodriguez's extraordinary life, going beyond the sensational headlines to reveal a man torn by obligation to his family and the pull of insatiable hedonism. Ultimately, Roberts captures Rodriguez as a tragic figure in pinstripes: the man once considered the clean exception of the steroid generation revealed as an unmistakable product of its greed and dissolution.
Hot on the heels of Joe Torre's 2009 bestseller THE YANKEE YEARS, Selena Roberts's tell-all biography of Alex Rodriguez, baseball's highest-paid whipping boy, should provide a productive cache of fresh material for New York's rabid tabloids. Rushed to press to capitalize on A-Rod's reluctant admission to steroid use, a story which Roberts first reported, the book also delves into many of the superstar's off-the-field shenanigans, including his lavish nightlife, trysts with strippers, and questionable real estate dealings. Somehow, while surrounded by a perpetual dervish of media furies haranguing him, Rodriguez continues to excel on the diamond and is amassing statistics that will certainly rank him among the game's greatest, and most vilified, players of all-time.