In Juicing the Game, award-winning journalist Howard Bryant offers the only big-picture look at the insidious manner in which performance-enhancing drugs infested baseball as the game’s leaders stood idly by, reaping the rewards.
Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism with interviews with baseball heavyweights such as Jason Giambi, Commissioner Bud Selig, union head Donald Fehr, and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson among many others, Juicing the Game is the definitive book on both the steroid scandal and the era it has irreversibly tainted. BACKCOVER: “A rich and measured tale of the last dishonest decade . . . No more comprehensive, balanced or fair account exists. Bryant carefully and powerfully builds his case. The self-inflicted catastrophe could have no better chronicler.”
—Los Angeles Times
“If there ever was a ‘must read’ sports book of its time, this is it. Because of the undeniable truths it tells, Bryant’s book is essential reading.”
—The Washington Post Book World
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Howard Bryant is the author of Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, which was a finalist for the Society for American Baseball Research’s 2003 Seymour Medal, and Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball. He is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine; appears regularly on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters, ESPN First Take, and Outside the Lines; and serves as sports correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. He lives in western Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As I write this baseball has just announced an investigation into steroids. I suspect that a full uncensored report would follow the outline of Juicing The Game. Howard Bryant¿s report is a careful study of how players, managers, union leaders, reporters, fans, owners, and Bud Selig all looked the other way until Jose Canseco, BALCO, and Congress forced them to confront the problem. Read it to learn the history of performance enhancing drugs and baseball. Nothing that we have learned in the past year has changed the facts it contains.
An outstanding account of what is probably the biggest sports issue of our time. Granted, a little outdated at 2 years old. But that's nothing to fault the author on. An excellent book.
This is probably the best baseball book I've ever read. Fascinating. It's a lot more than the steroid aspect -- it's labor relations, umpiring, managing, ownership, playing the game, personalities, the science and art baseball -- all covered thoroughly, seamlessly, and with flawless writing. A good summer read, and a satisfying one, too.