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Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    Some info but not conclusive

    I read the excerpt of the book that was in Sports Illustrated, then decided to buy the book to read about its coverage of baseball steroids. About 1/2 the book covers baseball and the other 1/2 covers the world of track and field. To be honest, the excerpt in SI covered pretty much all the pertinent info for baseball--they just add more details about Victor Conte and pad it out a lot. The evidence against Bonds--whom the authors clearly make the primary subject of the book--isn't as solid or conclusive as the authors try to lead you to believe. Many people claim someone else told them Bonds was taking all kinds of steroids, but it all goes back to Conte bragging about everything. There were a few charts with Bonds's names on them that could very likely indicate illegal steroid use, but I was surprised by the real lack of info that the authors seemed to have. I'm not going to say that Bonds did not take steroids--just that the facts in this book wouldn't be able to convince an educated person that it was 100% likely that he did. Besides their steroid coverage, the authors seem to have two other slants that are quite obvious throughout the book: (a)make their hometown newspaper the San Francisco Chronicle look like it was a Godsend for steroid reporting (without which nothing would have ever happened) and (b)make Bonds look like the most despicable human you could imagine. We all know he's rude and arrogant, but it was a little too obvious that the authors were unable to contain their biases. There were also several typos in the book--leaving out words and even one case where they listed an event as taking place in December in one paragraph and then said it took place in September two paragraphs later, indicating the book was prepared hastily. A definite read if you're interested in steroid use in the world of track/field, or in the evolution of BALCO, but I'd save the money and just buy the SI with the excerpt in it if you want to read about what the book covers relating to Bonds and steroids.

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