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AROD Book Review

  • Jun 14, 2009
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This is Selena Roberts' breakthrough book on the enigma/mystery/adulterous baseball player that is Alex Rodriguez. To be frank, the book was similar to Juiced by Jose Canseco in that the read was very easy. In Roberts' case, the arguments she makes are very flimsy and her statements become repetitive from chapter to chapter (citing the same quote/source/moment page after page).

Additionally, this book is filled with an overwhelming bias, implying to me that 1. The book was pushed out just to be topical when the huge Sports Illustrated story about AROD broke 2. Roberts is personally appalled by AROD's behavior. First, the book almost exclusively quotes and references Roberts' employer SI, hyping the publication unnecessarily in some spots. Second, if this book was written on the basis that AROD's behavior is appalling...don't be so shocked. It has been WELL documented by many sports authors before you about the tabloid lifestyle of top echelon baseball players...big whoop.

As for the positives of this book--Selena Roberts does delve into AROD's chldhood, high school career and negotiation as being the number 1 pick of the Seattle Mariners in 1993, which was interesting.

In sum, if you are interested in learning all about the character and persona that is AROD, by all means, pick this book up--but don't embrace it as a factual tell-all too quickly.

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June 19, 2013
Good to know I'm not the only one who noticed all these flaws.
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A-Rod, by Selena Roberts, doesn't take long to cut to the heart of what it really is. You can tell what it is easily by looking to the top of the cover, where it mentions that Roberts is the Sports Illustrated writer who broke A-Rods steroids scandal.    As far as tomes to the fallen baseball heroes we once loved and wanted to believe in go, A-Rod is even more egregious and angry-written than Jeff Pearlman's The Rocket that Fell to Earth, a biography of Roger Clemens in which …
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 Through exhaustive reporting and interviews, Roberts details A-Rod as a plunge-in-progress, a once-in-a-generation baseball talent tortured by an internal struggle between the polished family man he wants to be and the unabashed hedonist he has become.
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ISBN-10: 0061791652 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780061791659 (pbk.)
Author: Selena Roberts
Genre: Biography
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: ©2009, February 23, 2010
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