A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez
  • A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez
  • A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez

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by Selena Roberts
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

New York magazine
Her reporting is diligent, detailed, and overpowering. This is not a book of conjecture: It’s one of bootstrap journalism.
New York Times
We learn many of Rodriguez’s secrets in Roberts’s meticulously reported psychological profile…
New York Magazine
Her reporting is diligent, detailed, and overpowering. This is not a book of conjecture: It’s one of bootstrap journalism.
Nicholas Dawidoff
Ms. Roberts is an enterprising investigator, and her hastily constructed but important account contains enough dispiriting content to make a reader grateful that A-Rod is less a full biography than a first-rate magazine profile…Ms. Roberts's merciless portrait of Rodriguez as a needy, phony, preening, petulant, self-absorbed narcissist…will resonate with readers of The Yankee Years, the recent memoir by Joe Torre, Rodriguez's former manager, and Tom Verducci
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061791659
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

Selena Roberts, formerly a columnist for the New York Times, is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. She lives in Connecticut.

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A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
JackieVaughan More than 1 year ago
Alex Rodriguez has been a significant source for tabloid fodder but in my opinion, this media gadfly had it all coming. Roberts encompasses his pathological need for attention, his self-obsession, and all his lies into one extremely well-written book. A baseball geek like myself will relish in in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fit for the National Inquirer. Clearly, this author is looking to trash A-Rod in every way possible. Wasn't this the same writer who went after the Duke Lacrosse players (wrongly so)? She never apologized to the families involved or admitted she was wrong. I would never buy anything again from this author. This is not journalism. Why was the release date pushed back? because, A-Rod was hurt. Of course, this is a sensational story written to make a fast buck. Don't waste your time or money.
The_Closer More than 1 year ago
Contrary to the opinion of those who have not read a word of this book and imply that it is full of negativity, I found this book a very enjoyable, colorful portrayal of an iconic ball player. Though Ms. Roberts does describe the tragic side of Alex Rodriguez, she puts his decisions in perspective with events in his childhood as well as the history and culture surrounding the times. Her descriptive language and ingenious analogies bring the events and people in this book to life. Ms. Roberts is a talented writer and I recommend this biography to anyone, whether or not they are a fan of baseball, Alex Rodriguez, or previous opinions Ms. Roberts has justifiably held and expressed during her long-standing career as a talented and respected sports writer.
SallyEA More than 1 year ago
This book is for more than sports fans. It touches a chord in all of us. Yes, it is about perhaps the greatest baseball player ever. However, the historical and cultural perspectives add dimension to the life and decisions of Alex Rodriguez. They reach back to the birth of his father in the Dominican Republic in 1929 to the America of today. No matter what we think of Alex Rodriguez, he becomes more than a super athlete or a fallen hero. He is human. After all, none of us lives or makes decisions in a vacuum. And we can recall the events and culture of the last two decades in America and remember what we were doing at the time. The author's wonderful analogies help us visualize the points made (e.g., comparing his communications skills to pulling the string on a see 'n say or his baseball skills to flicking his wrist like a lion tamer). The author's skill draws us in and we become part of the story, too. I recommend this book to everyone.
BestBum More than 1 year ago
Boo-hoo! A-rod was hurt. The "poor" little Duke college boys who slapped strippers around and wrote about it on the internet were hurt too. They all had it coming. And after all - who would want to read or write a book about someone who had no tragedy in his or her life? Ms. Roberts explores A-Rod's life and decisions in an entirely professional yet entertaining manner. I could not put the book down. It is well worth the purchase!
That_Girl More than 1 year ago
First off, I am not a big sports fan (much less a Yankees fan) but my dad has taken me to Cooperstown twice and makes it a point to discuss the merits of potential inductees. So I was surprised, moved and entertained by this well-written exploration in to the life and motivations of the greatest baseball player on the field today. He is real - uncovered and unashamed - and I personally like his candidness portrayed by this author during her interactions with A-Rod, no matter how much I might disagree with some of his choices. I am looking forward to disscussing Alex Rodriguez with my dad. I only wish that some of the other baseball bios I have read in the past had been penned by this author. I thoroughly recoomend this book.
ferrari6354 More than 1 year ago
In her writing, Roberts covers all aspects in the life of A-Rod's legendary past. From learning about his families history, to what fellow athletes think about playing with one of the best baseball players of all time. His relationships off of the diamond have been just as intriguing as his career in the MLB. This book did a great job of bringing the facts together and expressing the opinions of coaches, players, and others in the sports world that have played with and against the Michel Jordan of baseball (minus Jordan's attempt at baseball). While A-Rod's struggle against the media and steroids has catapulted this book into the spotlight, it is about much more than just Rodriguez's poor choice that may keep him out of Cooperstown.
Crebs More than 1 year ago
This is truly a great read. I am not particularly into baseball (sorry fans) but certainly realize the historical importance of A-Rod and his story. I love to read biographies, and Ms. Roberts certainly did a fine job on this one. It is a well written book that most would enjoy; I certainly did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been keeping up with the news and A-Rod's problems and this book goes into how he has lied all his life due to PED use...Read it and your eyes will be opened...
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Eleanor Walker More than 1 year ago
Not a great book but worth a read. Bottom line: Arod IS a fraud.
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Mary81 More than 1 year ago
If you're an AROD fan, I suggest not reading this book. Although, Selena Roberts does shed some insight on the life of AROD,she does give it a negative spin. Although I have been a Yankee fan for many years, I thought it would be interesting to read a book to get to know AROD a bit more. Maybe why he doesn't do well in the clutch, or reason why he got divorced. With in every story that Selena tells, she gives it a negative twist. I chose not to believe many of the stories that she wrote about in this book however, there are some that I believe may be true to a certain extent. For all those AROD fans out there, I don't recommend reading this book unless you can differentiate the difference between fact and fiction.
Servaya More than 1 year ago
This story reflects an enormous amount of research. The author skillfully grips and holds the attention of the reader until the end. The information presented is not speculation, but rather, reflects information from the emerging data and accounts of events gleamed as the research process evolved. Upon finishing this book one is left with several impressions: (a) A-Rod is a very talented baseball player who will, someday, most likely be in the Hall of Fame, (b) He is too talented to have needed to become involved in some of the activities he apparently found himself sinking into, (c) Although his actions over the last several years may have been driven by events occuring early in his childhood and subsequently "poor choices," one just hopes this pattern will not continue to the point of serious problems later--problems that could tarnish or perhaps end the career of one of our finest athletes in the baseball world, and (d) There is a kind of completeness to this story, as though it brings closure to a lot of loose ends in the life of this complex individual--even though he is still playing and will most likely expect many more good years. In conclusion, we can only hope that A-Rod will not view this book as a contrived effort to cast him in a negative light, but will rather see it as an honest look at what is happening to his life and use it as a model to begin anew and start making "beneficial choices (1 Corinthians 6:12)" that will be good for him and good for baseball.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry I bought the book. Glad the book sales aren't doing so well and Selena Roberts is not making alot of money on this book.
bukkaboom More than 1 year ago
I can't stand A-Rod or the Yankees but this book is a piece of sensationalist and often speculative trash. Roberts uses her resume as a NY Times reporter & Sports Illustrated writer as a cover for writing gossip. Disgisting all around.
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It is about time someone lets the truth come out. For everyone out there that thinks their favorite player is steriod free, think again. This is the first of many baseball players who will have books written about them and their "hidden" lives.
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