Gladiator: A True Story of 'Roids, Rage, and Redemption

Gladiator: A True Story of 'Roids, Rage, and Redemption

by Dan Clark
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Gladiator: A True Story of 'Roids, Rage, and Redemption by Dan Clark

Aggressive, explosive, and boasting awesome athletic ability, Dan Clark rose to tremendous fame as Nitro on American Gladiators. He quickly emerged as the most popular cast member and became a reality television superstar. But a twenty-year affair with steroids led to a life of pissing blood, smuggling drugs, destroying hotel rooms, getting arrested, growing breasts, and lying bloodied in the street after a vicious fight with his best friend.

This is Clark's riveting, fiercely candid account of his life, career, and steroid addiction. From an upbringing defined by tragedy and a difficult search for identity to tales of performing center stage at Madison Square Garden and bedding Playboy Bunnies and porn stars, Clark explores the price of fame, the pressure of stardom, and how the whole steroid-fueled fantasy finally imploded.

What began in high school as a way to speed up recovery from injury rapidly turned into an all-consuming addiction. With selfdeprecating humor and a trove of incredible stories, Clark provides an eye-opening report on the dangers of steroids both obvious and hidden — and offers his thoughts on why steroid use remains a persistent problem today. More than just a pulpy exposé, Gladiator is a triumphant story of self-discovery and redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416597339
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 842,488
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dan Clark began his career as an athlete, playing football for the Los Angeles Rams and in Europe. He later starred as Nitro on the extraordinarily popular reality television show American Gladiators. Clark then turned to acting and screenwriting. He wrote, directed, and starred in the independent film Looking for Bruce. He recently hosted ESPN Classic's American Gladiators marathon, and he continues to consult on the revamped American Gladiators franchise. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is working on his next book.

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Gladiator: A True Story of 'Roids, Rage, and Redemption 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glares at the fairy "you were the size of a natt" translated to english from latin "and buzzing around my head girl who has wings and big h<_>ip<_>s"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andromeda smirked and rolled her eyes when she saw Theosius[?] argue with Genivere[?].
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sighed and chose to ignore his retort. "Right... you're not from around here are you?" Genevive asked, then not waiting for an answer said, "No, I don't think you are. Most people know better than to swat a fairy." Pulling her long, cinnamon brown braid over her shoulder, she met his eyes questioningly. "Where are you from then?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He leaned against a pillar, tossing a stack of coins between his palms
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Grissy_OC More than 1 year ago
Gladiator is the amazing story of Dan Clark - from what turned him into the man we all cheered for on American Gladiators to the courageous person he is today. Dan story of pain, loss, drug use and sadness takes the reader through his life, one that as a fan of 'Nitro' we could have never imagined. I admire Mr. Clark for his honesty and strength to pull himself out of a downward spiral of destruction. Excellent book, once you start - you cannot put it down
Big_CountryJC More than 1 year ago
A person often wonders about the people that we come to know and adore on television and movies. I remember as a kid watching American Gladiators and absolutely in awe of these massive human beings and wondering what makes them what they are and wanting to be them. Dan gives a descriptive insight into his life from childhood on up. You get to see all the tragedy, pain and self inflicted torture he went through to become "Nitro". As an elite athlete he feels he has no choice but to take steroids to even his odds and be competitive as a football star. This later gets more demanding having to look good for America as a tv icon on American Gladiators. But, this book shows that there is a lot of agony and pain behind the scenes. This book is filled with a roller coaster of agony and some glimmers of victory. One moment he is at Madison Square garden having his name chanted and literally 5 minutes later he is sobbing in the bathroom stall. I highly recommend this book especially if you or somebody you know is faced with any type of drug problem even if it is not steroids.
SusanMN More than 1 year ago
I read the entire book in one evening because I couldn't put it down! The author demonstrates great vulnerability and courage in sharing his amazing and horrible life experiences. I was very moved and touched by Dan's story. It greatly increased my understanding of the impact of steroids on the life of the user and all who come in contact with that person. What a lonely, painful path it must have been and how wonderful that Dan has found the wisdom and strength to choose life. This is definitely worth reading.
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HopiwithHope More than 1 year ago
Last night I began to read this book, this morning I finished it. The cover is misleading because you think it will be a story about weight loss or exercise. The cover should have been a heliograph, turn it one way and you see Nitro with shining muscles, tilt it the other way and you see a lost, frightened boy. Even better, turn it again and you see yourself and the addictions in your own life; dieting, perfectionism, super woman-mother-wife.

I felt Nitro's pain and failure and a small sense of guilt for cheering on the beast that was really killing him inside.

The part about Buddhah rain painting pictures in my mind, a sense of cleansing, I loved it. I am also haunted by his dreams and thank the good Lord my sleep is not a trip to hell but a true slumber.

This is good work, a book that truly moved me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very heartfelt and well written.