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Dunks, Doubles, Doping: How Steroids Are Killing American Athletics Hardcover – April 1, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592289029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592289028
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,459,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Dunks, Doubles, Doping is not a pro-steroid book.
Nor is it an anti-steroid book.
Instead, it's anti-hypocrisy and anti-subterfuge. Dunks, Doubles, Doping sets the record straight on the real risks of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, and it makes public facts that have, for the most part, been misrepresented in the media.
When the next century rolls around, where will steroids stand in a list of substances that are most harmful to humans? According to author Nathan Jendrick, steroids will fall far below Tylenol, Fen-Phen, Vioxx--and even Viagra. Reports of death and internal destruction abound when the topic of steroid use surfaces, but the vast majority of the general public would be shocked if they had the opportunity to see the truth. Here is that opportunity.
Dunks, Doubles, Doping cuts through the fog and invites readers to learn the truth about the reported dangers of steroids. Perhaps more important, readers will also find an examination of the real steroid problem: How they are killing American athletics. And it isn’t necessarily the drugs that are doing the most damage. It’s the hype, the misleading information, the lies, and the inconsistencies in policy.
Dunks, Doubles, Doping includes interviews with some of the best Olympic athletes in the world-including Gary Hall Jr. and Megan Quann-top steroid legal analyst and lawyer Rick Collins, bodybuilding personality Gregg Valentino, and top
physicians and psychologists such as Dr. Roberto Olivardia, PhD, Dr. Theodore Friedmann, PhD, Dr. Gary Nolan, PhD, Dr. Roland Carlstedt, and many more.
As much as the world may like to believe it, steroids are not the final frontier. Dunks, Doubles, Doping confronts and explains a new method of cheating called "gene doping," so that every reader knows what's coming next.

About the Author

Nathan Jendrick is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Swimming World and American Health and Fitness. He is also an amateur bodybuilder, competitive swimmer, and personal trainer, whose clients have included Megan Quann, the 2000 double-Olympic gold medal winner and world record holder, to whom he is married.

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Definitely was educated by reading this.
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I was at first pretty weary about picking this book up.
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That's the feeling I get reading Yesalis stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on June 26, 2006
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Nathan Jendrick takes the reader on a wide range of issues surrounding the use of steroids in sports and by the general public.

While his chapters seem just a bit smug - almost saying, "I am right because I am the one who has the real information" - the book has highs and lows based on who is being interviewed. And just for future reference, the spelling of the late Curt Hennig's name was not correct.

The top sections belong to Olympic champion Gary Hall - who feels that there should be a zero tolerance policy when athletes test positive for illegal drugs - to the final chapter on the potential of gene therapy as a means to take the "game" to the next scientific level.

A doctor who discusses a new psychological approach for athletes seemingly has a promotional pitch to explore and purchase his product.

The bodybuilder - featured in a recent cable special on steroids - wants to settle grudges he has against the industry. Who cares if some male bodybuilders earn extra cash by allegedly posing at parties for gay men. What does that issue have to do with the topic?

An attorney questions why professional athletes have seemingly avoided prosecution in steroid cases, while members of the general public have felt the wrath from the judicial system. But it is naive to assume that the power of the various leagues and organizations in this country will not do everything in its power to prevent their athletes being front-page fodder, being led away in handcuffs due to alleged drug transgressions.

The athletes outlined who feel remorse for their steroid use is laughable. If they weren't caught cheating I am sure they wouldn't have such tearful confessions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Darin on April 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Pretty unique information... not your everyday steroid bash, but I didn't get the feel anywhere that was like, "Wow this guy really likes juice." That's the feeling I get reading Yesalis stuff. This coupled with Game of Shadows were great. Game of Shadows more for the specific stuff on Bonds, this book Dunks, Doubles, Doping for the low-down on steroids, side effects, great interviews.

The anonymous stuff was pretty crazy too with the Olympic athlete and the coach.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Edee on April 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I heard this author on a local radio show and he sounded like he was presenting a good premise, and it was an interesting show, so I figured I'd pick it up. It isn't terribly long so I was able to go through it pretty quick, and I've got to say I was pretty surprised. I learned a lot of things from this book that, just like it says, you don't hear from the media. I think it's very different, but because there's a lot of experts and studies backing it, I tend to believe quite a bit of this well before I believe Geraldo's factless statements.

The book also had a lot of funny points; the interview with Gregg Valentino ("Man with the World's Biggest Arms") is hilarious and quite thought-provoking. Interviews with Gary Hall Jr and Megan Quann also gave some insight I hadn't had before. And there's a pretty good section on gene doping which was pretty educational. Overall, even just the interviews with all the physicians and athletes make it a well-worth-it read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Bogert on May 19, 2006
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I really enjoyed reading Dunks Doubles & Doping - it provided an objective insight into the effects of steroids on Olympic and professional sports. Jendrick's perspective is not flatly really pro-steroids, but rather pro-legalization for the mass market (cosmetic use by adults), while still keeping them illegal for competition in sports, which he goes on to explain and justify rather nicely. There are many points in the book where you find yourself saying "Hmm, I didn't know that!" For me, perhaps the most disappointing thing I learned was confirmation from various sources that all or nearly all professional bodybuilders use steroids and/or HGH.

The Interview with Gregg Valentino (and his enormous arms) was definitely a fun read. I also found the Doping sections in Chapters 13/14 quite interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about steroids, their effect on athletes, and on sports in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Renghelli on May 2, 2006
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Game of Shadows revolved too much around Balco which, I suppose is why you'd read that book... but I was hoping for more as the hype was really, really astounding. This book talks about Balco, but also talks steroids, the real changes we're seeing in sports because of them, and some really good interviews that really made me feel as if I were talking to these people myself. The Valentino interview and piece is a MUST read, even if only to further engrain into ones own mind that Gregg Valentino is an idiot. Funny, but an idiot.

If you're into sports, buy this book. If you don't care about sports but want some facts about steroids, but this book. If you're a hippie-loving FOX News watching bias-moron, don't buy this book.
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