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"The Buzz" Continued...

Issue: "Playing with capitalism," May 23, 2009

Not buying it

A juicy new book alleging a long history of doping by Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is not flying off the shelves with the rapidity many expected. A-Rod (Harper, 2009) chronicles attention-grabbing lowlights from the life of baseball's highest-paid player, including the insinuation that he may have taken steroids in high school. But lack of sourcing and the damaged credibility of author Selena Roberts, who famously misfired in her reporting of rape allegations about the Duke lacrosse team, render the Rodriguez exposé more tabloid than history.

The book debuted at No. 59 on the Amazon.com sales rank May 4 and has since dropped several slots. Compare that to the release of Jose Canseco's tell-all tome Juiced (William Morrow, 2005), which suffered from similar credibility issues but still debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list.


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