The Betrayal now published in paperback.

“Fountain delivers a literate and fascinating reconsideration of the 1919 Black Sox scandal and how it changed the way professional baseball conducted its business and managed its image.” – The Boston Globe


  • Named one of the best books of 2015 by The Boston Globe
  • “Mr. Fountain’s book is a gripping story, populated by unforgettable characters deftly drawn for modern readers.” – The Wall Street Journal
  • “…the definitive work to date.” – New York Journal of Books
  • “Fountain’s book…provides a thoroughly researched and much-needed update to the complicated saga.” – The Village Voice
  • “[A] fine stylish piece of reporting…. The [Black Sox] scandal was a game-shattering event and cleansed baseball for a moment. Fountain writes of it with professional élan, which means letting the facts not speak but sing.” – Kirkus Reviews.
  • “Fountain’s approachable style and compelling narrative shows the impact of the Black Sox Scandal on baseball thereafter…” – Library Journal
  • “This is a carefully researched, remarkably thorough, yet readable exploration of a seminal event in American sports history.” – Booklist
  • Named one of ten finalists for “Book of the Year” by Spitball magazine.
  • Named one of six finalists for “Reader’s Choice Award” of the Baseball Caucus of the Special Libraries Association.
  • Named one of four finalists for Society for American Baseball Research Larry Ritter Award.