Talk & Signing: Keith O'Brien, author of Charlie Hustle

Join us on Thursday, April 11th at 7pm for an event with one of our favorite local authors, Keith O'Brien! He has returned to the sports world with a critically acclaimed biography of the infamous baseball player, Pete Rose. 


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

"Baseball biography at its best. With Charlie Hustle, Pete Rose finally gets the book he deserves, and baseball fans get the book we've been craving, a hard-hitting, beautifully-written tale that will stand for years to come as the definitive account of one of the most fascinating figures in American sports history."--Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling author of King: A Life

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 sport 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.

Praise for Charlie Hustle:

"As much as many fans of the game want to forget this sordid tale, Keith O'Brien reminds us of its centrality to the story of our National Pastime. It's a dazzling, soaring accomplishment, a counterpoint to the tragic fall of one of the game's greatest, brought on entirely by his own hubris, arrogance and insolent disregard for baseball's stern code."
--Ken Burns

"Pete Rose's epic life demands the epic treatment, and Keith O'Brien marvelously takes on the challenge. He captures the dizzying heights and calamitous lows but even more, finds the humanity of the man who lived a sports life unlike any other."
--Joe Posnanski, New York Times bestselling author of Why We Love Baseball: A History in 50 Moments

"I've never liked Pete Rose. I'm not sure many people have liked Pete Rose. But he also may well be the most fascinating pro athlete of the last century. And that's what makes Keith O'Brien's richly reported, beautifully written Charlie Hustle so damn good. It's riveting. It's engrossing. And, like Rose, it's impossible to ignore."

--Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Folk Hero

"Charlie Hustle is a thoroughly-reported, up-to-date account of a tragic American sports star. Keith O'Brien takes us through the highs and lows of Pete Rose's rise and fall. Even if you think you already know it all, read this book. This is powerful new stuff."
--Dan Shaughnessy, New York Times bestselling author of Francona

KEITH O'BRIEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Paradise FallsFly 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 TimesThe Washington Post, and Politico, and his stories have also appeared on National Public Radio and This American Life. He lives in New Hampshire.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball By Keith O'Brien Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593317372
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - March 26th, 2024