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My Prison Without Bars

de Pete Rose

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PETE ROSE HOLDS MORE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL RECORDS THAN ANY OTHER PLAYER IN HISTORY. He stands alone as baseball's hit king having shattered the previously "unbreakable" record held by Ty Cobb. He is a blue-collar hero with the kind of old-fashioned work ethic that turned great talent into legendary accomplishments. Pete Rose is also a lifelong gambler and a sufferer of oppositional defiant disorder. For the past 13 years, he has been banned from baseball and barred from his rightful place in the Hall of Fame-- accused of violating MLB's one taboo. Rule 21 states that no one associated with baseball shall ever gamble on the game. The punishment is no less than a permanent barring from baseball and exclusion from the Hall of Fame. Pete Rose has lived in the shadow of his exile. He has denied betting on the game that he loves. He has been shunned by MLB, investigated by the IRS, and served time for tax charges in the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. But he's coming back. Pete Rose has never been forgotten by the fans who loved him throughout his 24-year career. The men he played with have stood by him. In this, his first book since his very public fall from grace, Pete Rose speaks with great candor about all the outstanding questions that have kept him firmly in the public eye. He discloses what life was like behind bars, discusses the turbulent years of his exile, and gives a vivid picture of his early life and baseball career. He also confronts his demons, tackling the ugly truths about his gambling and his behavior. MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS is Pete Rose's full accounting of his life. No one thinks he's perfect. He has made mistakes-- big ones. And he is finally ready to admit them.… (mais)
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This book is exactly what I would expect a book written by Pete Rose to be, jumbled, filled with revisionist history and outright errors, and poorly written. He seems to be attempting to make himself the victim or at the very least a sympathic figure being held down by the big corporation of Baseball. Rose tells his side of the betting on baseball story, but only his side. At times Rose has interesting stories about his time in baseball, but the folksy writing detracts from the quality of the story telling. I think he was trying to come across as a regular guy with his choice of language but it makes him seem unintelligent. Overall, the book has its moments of interest but not worth 300 pages of Pete stories. ( )
  SethAndrew | Apr 24, 2016 |
A very interesting read from the greatest hitter the game has seen, but this book ultimately seemed to have an alternate purpose - to attempt to sway Commissioner Selig into reinstating Pete Rose for the sake of his Hall of Fame induction. It reads like one long confession, with a few notable moments. ( )
  JEldredge | May 3, 2010 |
Any fan of baseball and its history would definitely enjoy this book. Rose discusses from his childhood to present day. He speaks of his troubled childhood and his obsession with gambling. If you are a fan of Pete Rose and believe he should be inducted into the Hall of Fame you will love this book. It was one of those books that I just didn't want to put down. Rose reveals to us what life behind bars was like. He discusses the turbulent years of his exile, and gives a vivid picture of his early life and baseball career. He does not hold anything back either as he tackles the ugly truths about gambling and his behavior.
  nyyankees24 | Jan 14, 2008 |
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PETE ROSE HOLDS MORE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL RECORDS THAN ANY OTHER PLAYER IN HISTORY. He stands alone as baseball's hit king having shattered the previously "unbreakable" record held by Ty Cobb. He is a blue-collar hero with the kind of old-fashioned work ethic that turned great talent into legendary accomplishments. Pete Rose is also a lifelong gambler and a sufferer of oppositional defiant disorder. For the past 13 years, he has been banned from baseball and barred from his rightful place in the Hall of Fame-- accused of violating MLB's one taboo. Rule 21 states that no one associated with baseball shall ever gamble on the game. The punishment is no less than a permanent barring from baseball and exclusion from the Hall of Fame. Pete Rose has lived in the shadow of his exile. He has denied betting on the game that he loves. He has been shunned by MLB, investigated by the IRS, and served time for tax charges in the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. But he's coming back. Pete Rose has never been forgotten by the fans who loved him throughout his 24-year career. The men he played with have stood by him. In this, his first book since his very public fall from grace, Pete Rose speaks with great candor about all the outstanding questions that have kept him firmly in the public eye. He discloses what life was like behind bars, discusses the turbulent years of his exile, and gives a vivid picture of his early life and baseball career. He also confronts his demons, tackling the ugly truths about his gambling and his behavior. MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS is Pete Rose's full accounting of his life. No one thinks he's perfect. He has made mistakes-- big ones. And he is finally ready to admit them.

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