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"Five stars? If there was a 50 star rating, it still wouldn't be enough for this book." - Joe Pietaro, Musclesport Magazine

"A gripping, uncensored story that even contains hush-hush tales from the underground that include a look at a bizarre sexual fetish culture and celebrities as you have never seen them before. This provocative, harrowing biography uncovers the dark and dangerous world of drug dealing."  —FemaleMuscle.com

About the Author

Gregg Valentino is one of the most popular and controversial bodybuilding icons of all time. He is the author of the popular column "Ramblin' Freak" in "Muscular Development Magazine. "He has appeared in more than 200 magazines, including "ESPN Magazine," the "National Enquirer," and "Maxim," as well on numerous television programs, such as the "Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "Ripley's Believe It or Not," the "Tonight Show," and the "Tyra Banks Show." He lives in New York City. Nathan Jendrick is a certified fitness trainer and sports-performance consultant, working with clients ranging from bodybuilders to Olympic gold medalists. He is the author of "Dunk, Doubles, Doping" and "Get Wet, Get Fit." He lives in Lake Tapps, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550229214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550229219
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Edee on March 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've picked up some issues of Muscular Development and read Gregg's "ALL CAPS" columns. Additionally, I had seen the TLC feature on Gregg Valentino titled, "The Man Who's Arms Exploded." Ultimately, I expected something entirely different than I got when I cracked open this book. I expected some boisterous, self-praising nonsense intermingled with a few funny stories that, if I were lucky, would make the book worth its $12. Well, I was wrong.

This book is deep and well-written. You go on an emotional roller coaster with Valentino and after shaking your head at his wrong choices, you find yourself in a bit of amazement that he actually admits his mistakes. Further, you find yourself cheering for him because he seems to be proof you can rehabilitate. To see a guy go from underground drug dealer on the streets of New York, to sitting in a jail cell, and back out and onto movie screens and worldwide fame, and hear it in his voice... it's impressive.

I've never in my life read the same book twice, but I think I'm going to make an exception for this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Dubery on June 25, 2010
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I'm not one for true crime books - I've worked in law enforcement for over twenty years now, and quite honestly I have enough of reality. That said, I really enjoyed this book. I knew of Greg through my interest in bodybuilding and his ramblings in MD Magazine. The book's a surprise. This is a very open, honest and at times very moving piece of writing. Greg certainly has a sensitive side which he's not afraid to air in these pages. Who would have guessed? It's esentially the story of how he became involved in dealing steroids and the many tribulations of his personal life, including some really tragic events. I like the book. I like the Greg Valentino we see in it's pages. It's a little morality tale in its way- but not necessarily the conventional morality some people would be used to.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joan Beckley on March 17, 2010
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I just wanna say I was very skeptical when my husband ordered this book ," Death, Drugs and Muscle". I had seen Gregg Valentino on TV a few times and thought he was a jerk. Now after reading this story I see him as somewhat of an inspiration. His fall from grace then his rise to the top of the Bodybuilding media was amazing. This book reads like a movie, I could not put the book down, it is non stop action! I recommend this book to anyone who loves action and inspiration. Congrats to Gregg Valentino he has a new fan right here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christian Crisafi on March 12, 2010
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I was blown away when I read this book. It was as if I was reading a book about two different people.

I did not know this side of Gregg at all and the stuff he was into and he did. The parts where he had guns held to his head I was reading like a nut to see what happened even though I knew how they turned out.

His girlfriend dying was very powerful. How he took her off the streets and how she always had his back. Most people say they have your back and they do not. She had his and she was fearless. She was an amazing woman to me.

I enjoyed the story about the Goth girl that was pretty funny I would have jumped out the window to get out of there.

I liked his comments about the current state of bodybuilding and the professional bodybuilders. I agree with him that some day you are going to see law enforcement raid the stage and arrest everyone.

Honestly this was one of the best books I have read. The different situation he explained he was in was incredible. It was like you were watching a police show and Gregg was the perp.

I am proud to say that Gregg Valentino is a friend of mine and how he has turned his life around. Gregg would give you the shirt off his back if he had to.

I would recommend this book to everyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By marybeth on March 11, 2010
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Hey everyone if you buy this book you are in for one hell of a ride. Once you pick the book up and start reading it you feel like it is a action packed mafia movie. You will not be able to put it down. I read the whole book in one day. I could not wait to see what was going to happen next. The crazy life that Gregg lived it is amazing he is alive today. What a great book. Never a dull moment. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gary Brothers
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joe Pietaro on March 19, 2010
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I suppose that it would be easy for me to praise this book because Gregg is a personal friend of mine, but even if I never even met him, I would have given it five stars. The man is so straight forward and pulls no punches, and that is merely one of the attractions included therein. Gregg is more than just the guy who writes a column every month in MD and this book will bring the reader into his private world that many of us do not know about. This book will make you smile, laugh and cry all in the same sitting. Gregg's story is a touching one and his heart is bigger than his arms ever were. I would also like to thank Gregg for including a cover shot of my magazine (MuscleSport Magazine), in which we had him featured for our inaugural issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Klaatu on September 6, 2013
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If you enjoy larger-than-life tall tales, maybe this book is for you. If you are even a little skeptically inclined, this book will put your BS meter in the red zone and keep it pegged there. The anectodes just don't ring true, not even because they are so outlandish, but because it is just not possible for real life to be full of such clichees. Even the author seems to have moments of self-awareness in this regard when verbage such as "...Then, just like in a bad movie..." is included in the narrative. The storytelling is as phony as the arms.
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