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Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports Paperback – Apr 16 2009

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (April 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589793854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589793859
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,474,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whether it's the college kid trying to pick up a little extra pocket money or the multi-millionaire superstar seeking that elusive edge, cheating happens! In Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports, Fran Zimniuch chronicles some of the most infamous cases of cheating in sports history. Zimniuch takes you onto the field and into the dressing rooms as he delves into the minds of those who choose to cheat. After reading this eye-opening and riveting account, you'll never watch sports again with the same innocence. (Jim Evans, former Major League umpire)

Crooked is a nice little surprise of a book. Using psychology, history, sociology and a fan’s love of the game, Zimnuich takes a hard look at duplicity in sports, both pro and amateur. His manner is folksy and fan-friendly as he examines dozens of unsavory scandals. (Pacific Northwest Inlander)

The soft underbelly in sports, the cheaters, the phonies, the point shavers, the money grabbers are examined thoroughly in Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports. Fran’s book reveals that sports is not all romance and purity. It is as much cheating and fraud. It is, to put it more clearly, real life in sweat socks and uniform pants (Maury Allen)

About the Author

Fran Zimniuch is an award-winning journalist and columnist who has written for various newspapers and national magazines for more than two decades. He is the author of five books, including Going, Going, Gone: The Art of the Trade in Major League Baseball. He lives in Sicklerville, New Jersey.

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