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Dope: A History of Performance Enhancement in Sports from the Nineteenth Century to Today

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"He corrects inaccurate stories about doping deaths in cycling and offers very current detailed developments in the Floyd Landis case. He explains difficult and changing drug detection methods and results. …Recommended. Larger university coaching and sports medicine collections supporting lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers." - Choice

About the Author

Daniel M. Rosen is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Since 1982, he has worked as a photojournalist, technical writer, multimedia developer, and instructional designer. In his spare time, Rosen publishes Rant Your Head Off, (http://rant-your-head-off.com), a blog which covers a number of issues, including various sports doping scandals. He is an avid cyclist.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313345201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313345203
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan has created a must-read for anyone interested in the topic of doping in sport. It's easy to get caught up in the doping scandal of the moment, whether it's Marion Jones, or Roger Clemens, or Floyd Landis. Dan provides much-needed perspective, by giving us more than 100 years of doping history. With this perspective, we can see that no decade in the modern era lacks a doping scandal and no sport is immune from doping.

The book should be mandatory reading for every media talking head. Too often, we take the most recent doping story du jour, and attack the alleged doper as single-handedly corrupting our youth and destroying sport as we know it. Dan points out a bigger truth: doping is out there, every athlete has the opportunity to dope, and we fail to understand the problem if we focus on demonizing whatever athlete is currently connected with doping in the headlines.

In order for Dan to give us this kind of 50,000 foot view, he's had to keep each of his doping stories short and to the point. Often, I found this frustrating -- just as Dan got me hooked on one doping story, he'd move on to another. Many of these stories deserve their own books (and quite a few DO have their own books), but I think Dan's book serves a different purpose. It reminds us that these stories are NOT unique, that doping is now woven into the fabric of sport.
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Dope provides a complete and engaging look at the role doping has played in sports over the years. Until very recently, most governing organizations and governments actively encouraged doping amongst its athletes. As pressure mounted, these organizations served platitudes but turned a blind eye to the actions of its athletes and coaches thus tacitly endorsing the practice. Finally in recent years, we are seeing the beginning of a real culture shift. We have come a long way in just a short time.

Mr. Rosen covers all sports from Olympic to US professional sports providing detailed information on the BALCO scandal. There is just enough science to understand the narrative but the author is able to steer clear of sounding like a medical textbook.

Given the backdrop of the current Olympic Games and some of the stories surrounding mysterious changing passports and other suspicious activities this book could not be better timed.

Instead of leaving the reader suspicious of any athletic accomplishment, Mr. Rosen leaves us hopeful that a clean sport is quickly descending on most athletic fields.
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"Dope: A History..." is a well-balanced and informative book that brings clarity and perspective to an oft and all too easily misunderstood topic. Given the spate of doping scandals that consistently hit the news these days, it is timely and relevant. Daniel M. Rosen's writing is concise yet easy to follow, offering a wealth of historically grounded facts and interesting anecdotes. This book should be required reading for the professional - athlete, coach or official - as well as the lay person.
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This book is a must read if you want to understand the medical and legal background of dopining. It offers clear and cogent review of doping in sports going back to the 19th century. Dan Rosen takes doping techniques, testing procedures, and legal issues under the magnifying glass. Of particular interest are the biological-genetic issues that can influence test results. I particularly liked the discussion of chimeras and the genetic effects of vanishing twins in chimerism and the revelations about substandard laboratory procedures in one of the doping cases.

One measure of this book's success is that it changed my attitude towards doping in sports. Given the number of instances that athletes have been falsely accused and punished, I will never again jump to any conclusions about an athlete's integrity. In short, "Dope" was an education.
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