Shaun Assael helped launch ESPN The Magazine in 1996 and remains on its staff as a senior writer. He is also a regular correspondent for the television show E:60 and a member of the network’s investigative Enterprise Team. He is the award-winning author of Steroid Nation, a definitive account of the steroid era in sports; Wide Open, a chronicle of NASCAR's 1996 season; and co-author (with Mike Mooneyham) of Sex, Lies, and Headlocks, the New York Times bestselling biography of the WWE's Vince McMahon. He is currently at work on The Murder of Sonny Liston: A Story of Fame, Heroin, Boxing & Las Vegas in 1970 (coming Fall 2015).
Steroid Nation: Juiced Home Run Totals, Anti-aging Miracles, and a Hercules in Every High School: The Secret History of America's True Drug Addictionby Shaun Assael
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"Steroid Nation is a rip-roaring good rock'n'roll read. How could it not be? It's the classic American drug story up there with Blow, Nikki Sixx's autobiography and the Hunter S. Thompson story." – Steve Wells, The Guardian
They are the drugs that make millionaires, and cause careers to crash. They lurk at the cross-section of science and scandal, and the list of stars who've been laid high and low by them grows every day. In Steroid Nation, Shaun Assael traces the history of America's steroid-mania, and demonstrates why it is still such a stubborn, enduring phenomenon.
Beginning his epic story in 1981 with Dan Duchaine, the godfather of America's steroid movement, Assael follows the drug as it journeys from the Venice Beach gyms christened by Arnold Schwarzenegger to NFL locker rooms to the world of MLB, which found itself paralyzed in the 2000s by a parade of perp walks and hand-wringing headlines. From Barry Bonds to Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong to A-Rod, Steroid Nation tells the story of wildly ambitious athletes who felt they couldn't compete without a chemical edge.
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.
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