Steroid Nation

Steroid Nation

Juiced Home Run Totals, Anti-aging Miracles, and A Hercules in Every High School : the Secret History of America's True Drug Addiction

Book - 2007
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When science lets us fulfill our greatest desires, where do we stop? Should Barry Bonds's startling achievements be listed in the record book with an asterisk because he has been accused of using steroids? Did performance-enhancing drugs play a role in Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories? And what does Arnold Schwarzenegger's continued success say about the appeal of his steroid-fueled bodybuilding persona?In the tradition of  And the Band Played On , award-winning journalist Shaun Assael looks at America's complicated love affair with steroids and how it has grown into the country's--and perhaps the world's--most insidious drug addiction.

Steroid Nation  presents a chilling portrait of a nation enamored of artificially pumped-up success. Chronicling steroid use far beyond the headlines, it begins with the bodybuilders of Venice Beach in the 1970s and continues through to the NFL's Raiders of the '80s and '90s and the baseball scandals of today. Assael also reveals the dramatic story of the godfather of the steroid movement: Dan Duchaine, who wrote  The Original Underground Steroid Handbook  in 1981.

Part detective story, part medical investigation, and part sociological examination,  Steroid Nation  is a groundbreaking work on the most compelling story in the sports world today.
Publisher: New York : ESPN Books, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781933060378
Characteristics: xvii, 349 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 18, 2018

(*Question*) - Is being bigger, faster, and stronger really all that important?

(*Answer*) - Well - (When it comes to the world of competitive sports) - Yes. Indeed. It is important. (But, there's a price to be paid for this if one decides to take the steroid route)

Through plenty of fascinating investigative research - (journalist) Shaun Assael takes a close-up look at America's most deceptive and treacherous drug addictions of them all as it stands today (2007) in the form of steroid use.

For the past 30 years this performance-enhancing drug has not only been there to entice every professional athlete looking for a leading edge - But, it has also made its way into high schools where jocks (and jockettes) are, literally, pumping up, big-time.

So - If the subject of steroid use (and abuse) in sports strikes an interest in you - Then - Yes. This book is certainly well-worth a read.

May 03, 2012

Loved this book! If you're interested in sports or drugs I suggest reading it. Or, if you're like me and want a good read anyway.
I finished this in two days because it was hard to put down.

The book follows almost a fictional narrative format except the people in it are sadly real.

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