League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth [NOOK Book]

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“PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS DO NOT SUSTAIN FREQUENT REPETITIVE BLOWS TO THE BRAIN ON A REGULAR BASIS.”
So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America’s most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming ...
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Overview

“PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS DO NOT SUSTAIN FREQUENT REPETITIVE BLOWS TO THE BRAIN ON A REGULAR BASIS.”
So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America’s most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players -- including some of the all-time greats -- to madness.
League of Denial reveals how the NFL, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage.
Comprehensively, and for the first time, award-winning ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru tell the story of a public health crisis that emerged from the playing fields of our 21st century pastime. Everyone knew that football is violent and dangerous. But what the players who built the NFL into a $10 billion industry didn’t know – and what the league sought to shield from them – is that no amount of padding could protect the human brain from the force generated by modern football; that the very essence of the game could be exposing these players to brain damage.
In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research -- a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer. It chronicles the tragic fates of players like Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, who was so disturbed at the time of his death he fantasized about shooting NFL executives; and former Chargers great Junior Seau, whose diseased brain became the target of an unseemly scientific battle between researchers and the NFL. Based on exclusive interviews, previously undisclosed documents and private emails, this is the story of what the NFL knew and when it knew it – questions at the heart of crisis that threatens football, from the highest levels all the way down to Pop Warner.
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Mark Fainaru-Wada co-authored Game of Shadows, the book that ripped the covers off sports' steroid scandal. Now he returns with his Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Fainaru to explore the dangerous links between football and brain injury. As scientific evidence mounts about the potential devastating effects of such injuries, players and loved ones focus on grim statistics that show that the average college player endures 950 blows to the head each season. More than any previous book, the Fainaru's League of Denial exposes the toll that a multi-billion dollar sport takes on young men.

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"Journalistically bruising." — Peter King

"It is meticulously researched, artfully structured, engaging and well written... this is an informative, intriguing and sobering book about power and control. I recommend it strongly." - Nate Jackson, The Washington Post

"Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru's book 'League of Denial' should be required reading in secondary schools for all athletes. Those of us outside the lines will be wiser, as well, for having invested just a few hours to read it." - Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News

"Meticulously documented and endlessly chilling."- The New York Times

“'League of Denial' may turn out to be the most influential sports-related book of our time." -The Boston Globe, Best Sports Books of 2013

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780770437558
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 87,866
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Fainaru-Wada is an investigative reporter for ESPN. With his colleague Lance Williams, he co-authored the New York Times best-seller "Game of Shadows -- Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports." He lives in Petaluma, California, with his wife Nicole, son Max and daughter Ella.
 
 Steve Fainaru is an investigative reporter for ESPN. While covering the Iraq war for the Washington Post, he received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his investigation into the U.S. military’s reliance on private security contractors. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife Maureen Fan, and son Will.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Very interesting account of football and brain injury. Has chan

    Very interesting account of football and brain injury. Has changed the way I view football.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Sundays can never be the same

    this well researched and documented account of how the NFL misled players and the public will forever change how I shaggy football.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth

    League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth, is one of the best books I have read. Authors Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru did an excellent job of researching and going in depth in the NFL’s concussion history. League of Denial bounces around from person to person starting out with Hall of Famer Mike Webster, and going to Junior Seau’s death. Each story  went in depth with the constant brutality each player went through from a day to day basis. Throughout the book I learned a lot about how the NFL in earlier years did not take any precautions to concussions and did not believe any of the neuropsychologists that concussions were potentially a bigger deal than what people first believed. I was amazed how some of the players mentioned in the book would continue to take hit after hit to the head and still get back up to play another down. For example Merril Hoge took on some of the biggest linebackers in the league being concussed game after game and continuing to go back onto the field to play again. I enjoyed reading the book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth. I obtained a lot of information on concussions and even learned about many Hall of Fame careers I knew nothing about before reading the book. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes the sport of football. I am not a big reader but I was hooked on the book from the beginning. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Mysteryflower &beta

    Waited.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    The Truth about NFL

    Excellent book. Couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Insightful look at Football as a Contact Sport

    this was gift for my husband who is reading passages to me as he devours this intriguing investigation into the darker aspects of football.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Changes everythkng

    Great. If you want the real deal a must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Sno

    Sorry fell asleep

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