"Tafoya has done what seems to be fairly exhaustive research and interviews, and the book presents a fairly meaty picture of a tumultuous time in baseball that is already being shoved by some into the mists of forgotten memory...[It] will be an incredible resource for historians and writers 20 and 50 years down the road who are still trying to make sense of it all."
“Takes the inside story to the fans…but maintains objectivity about the actions of José Canseco and Mark McGwire.”
“…this exhaustive account will be fresh to even the most seasoned of fans.”
“Incisive and compelling…a must-read…Tafoya tells their story in exquisite detail”
"...a real work of journalism...a remarkable 'inside' work told in straightforward fashion, with some intriguing information and anecdotes about McGwire and Canseco."
"Given our newfound chemical knowledge about baseball, the Bash Brothers era of the Oakland A's has cried out for a retrospective. Dale Tafoya has answered the cry. This is a no-nonsense, non-judgmental, well-reported book."
"The Bash Brothers, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, are a human drama--or tragedy--starting as symbols of a new power surge in baseball and morphing into symbols of the steroids era. Dale Tafoya has captured the whole story in his engrossing book."
"Dale Tafoya takes us back to a wonderfully enchanting time in baseball, particularly in the Bay Area--and, with exacting detail, tells the story we all missed."
"Wow! This was a trip through Memory Lane for me. A true blast from the past! The 1980s brought back to life; Jose and Big Mac, warts, glory and all. The transformation of McGwire from choir boy to Hells Angel. Canseco's ego was almost too big for the book, but Dale Tafoya harnessed it. Great work!"
"Rather than merely bashing the Bash Brothers—easy targets with their surreal size and steroid-fueled careers—Dale Tafoya treats them with a more gracious account of their deeds and misdeeds than they themselves have offered. By hewing to objectivity, Tafoya does the best job so far of trying to understand what motivated Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco during their dramatic rise and fall, from wildly popular superstars to disgraced outcasts who took baseball down a sordid path."