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 moreand lessthan 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.
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History remembers Arnold Rothstein as the man who fixed the 1919 World Series, the underworld genius, who as F. Scott Fitzgerald observed, played "with the faith of fifty million peoplewith the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe." A.R. was so much moreand less. Loan Shark. Pool Shark. Gambler. Bookmaker. Operator of Illegal Gambling Houses. Thief. Fence of Stolen Property. Perjurer and Suborner of Perjury. Political Fixer. Wall Street Swindler. Real Estate Speculator. Labor Racketeer. Rumrunner. Mastermind of the Modern Drug Trade.
"The Big Bankroll" made 1920s Manhattan roar. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had to invent his own "Napoleon of Crime," Professor Moriarty, "the organizer of every deviltry, the controlling brain of the underworld." Arnold Rothstein invented himself, and made fiction pale in the bargain. Rothstein reveals the truth of Rothsteins involvement in the Black Sox scandal. Rothstein unravels the mystery of the "The Big Bankrolls November 1928 in a Times Square hotel roomwho did it, who covered it up, and why.
Meet Arnold Rothstein and meet the legends of decades agocon artists Nicky Arnstein and Wilson Mizner; legal mastermind Bill "The Great Mouthpiece" Fallon; crooked cops Big Bill Devery and Charles Becker; baseballs John "Mugsy" McGraw and the Black Sox; boxers Abe "The Little Champ" Attell, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, and Benny Leonard; politicians Jimmy Walker, "Big Tim" Sullivan, and Fiorello LaGuardia; ganglords Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Legs Diamond, Lepke Buchalter, and Little Augie Orgen; newsmen Damon Runyon and Herbert Bayard Swope; show businesss Fanny Brice, George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Billy Rose, and Fats Waller; speakeasy owners Larry Fay and Texas Guinan; gambler "Nick the Greek" Dandalos.
Rothstein is the epic story of Manhattan in the Roaring Twenties as its never been told before.