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"Devastating. . . . groundbreaking. . . . Necessary reading for anyone concerned with the steroids era in baseball and track and field and its fallout on sports history."—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"A compelling portrait of conspiracy. . . . Fascinating."—The Boston Globe
"Scorching. . . . A testament to baseball’s failure."—Newsweek
"Superb. . . . Important and disturbing."—San Francisco Chronicle
"The evidence is detailed, damning, and overwhelming. . . . It’s a growing bonfire of controversy. This book is one of the matches."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Fainaru-Wada and Williams] have got the goods and they reveal them methodically. Everything is well-sourced and meticulously explicated."—Chicago Tribune
“A shocking exposé of the seedy side of pro sports that underscores just how easy it is to cheat.”—Entertainment Weekly
Williams has written on subjects including the California cocaine trade, Oakland’s Black Panther Party and the career of San Francisco mayor and political power-broker Willie Brown. His journalism also has been honored with: the Gerald Loeb Award for financial writing; the California Associated Press’ Fairbanks Award for public service; and, on three occasions, the Center for California Studies' California Journalism Award for political reporting. He was the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Journalist of the Year in 1999.
Born in Ohio, he graduated from Brown University and the University of California-Berkeley and attended University College, London, U.K. Before joining the Chronicle, he worked as a reporter at the Hayward Daily Review, the Oakland Tribune, and the San Francisco Examiner. He was a University of Michigan Journalism Fellow in 1986-87.
One of my favorite hitters of all time. It's too bad he wasn't a good person. It's for those reasons, despite lack of positive tests people paint him as guilty. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jonathan Fitzgerald
Victor Conte is morally corrupt. One should read the book, especially parts concerning his wife & drugs, black market selling of drugs from desperate AIDS patients to elite... Read morePublished 28 days ago by phyllis shalor
This is an excellent book that provides a full accounting of why Barry Bonds and many others started and continued to do steroids for years before being caught. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob Gerstley
This was a well crafted and eye opening look at the corrupting influence of steroids on the Olympic Games and MLB. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John P
This book highlights a journalistic record of the biggest Sports/Drug scandal that actually was fully investigated and carried out. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rob M.