Keith O'Brien in conversation with the AJC's Mark Bradley - Charlie Hustle

Keith O'Brien in conversation with the AJC's Mark Bradley - Charlie Hustle

Saturday, Apr 06, 2024 2:00 PM

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

From New York Times bestselling author Keith O'Brien, a captivating chronicle of the incredible story of one of America's most iconic, charismatic, and still polarizing figures—baseball immortal Pete Rose—and an exquisite cultural history of baseball and America in the second half of the twentieth century

A Cappella Books welcomes the author to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library to discuss his new book, "Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball." O'Brien will appear in conversation with AJC sportswriter Mark Bradley.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue. Masks are optional.

About the Book

Pete Rose is a legend. A baseball god. He compiled more hits than anyone in the history of baseball, a record he set decades ago that still stands today. He was a working-class white guy from Cincinnati who made it; less talented than tough, and rough around the edges. He was everything that America wanted and needed him to be, the American dream personified, until he wasn't.

In the 1980s, Pete Rose came to be at the center of one of the biggest scandals in baseball history. He kept secrets, ran with bookies, took on massive gambling debts, and he was magnificently, publicly cast out for betting on baseball and lying about it. The revelations that followed ruined him, changed life in Cincinnati, and forever altered the game.

"Charlie Hustle" tells the full story of one of America's most epic tragedies—the rise and fall of Pete Rose. Drawing on firsthand interviews with Rose himself and with his associates, as well as on investigators' reports, FBI and court records, archives, a mountain of press coverage, Keith O'Brien chronicles how Rose fell so far from being America's "great white hope." It is Pete Rose as we've never seen him before.

This is no ordinary sports biography but cultural history at its finest. What O'Brien shows is that while Pete Rose didn't change, America and baseball did. This is the story of that change.

About the Author

Keith O'Brien is the New York Times bestselling author of "Paradise Falls," "Fly Girls," and "Outside Shot," a finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting, and an award-winning journalist. O'Brien has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico, and his stories have also appeared on National Public Radio and This American Life. He lives in New Hampshire.

About the Conversation Partner

Mark Bradley has worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1984. Prior to that, he worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader for six years. He has finished in the top 10 of the Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest four times for columns and twice for features; in 1985, he won the APSE award for best columns at the highest circulation level. He has finished in the top five of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association writing contest eight times and won for best feature. He has won the Best of Cox award for sports columns and been named Georgia Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 2015, he was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame.