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Pearlman, former staff writer with Sports Illustrated and Newsday, delivers a fully realized, if hardly appealing, portrait of baseball slugger Barry Bonds, who has perplexed teammates, fans, and the press for years with sometimes-indifferent play, an almost-joyful cruelty toward seemingly everyone (except kids), and a near-total disregard for the rules of the game, if allegations of his use of performance-enhancing drugs are true. At the same time, Pearlman's Barry Bonds is a man of astonishing talent and, on occasion, humanity. Bonds' career is fully traced here--from his pampered boyhood as the son of another gifted but troubled player (Bobby Bonds) through his successes at Arizona State, through his years as a superstar with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants, including his pursuit of Hank Aaron's home-run record. Drug-use allegations aside, it's hard not to boo Barry Bonds for the teammate and man he appears to be, so damning is Pearlman's profile. Yet the reader is always reminded of Bonds' supreme talent. A highly readable companion to Fainaru-Wada and Williams' recent Game of Shadows, which relates in greater detail Bonds' alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. Alan Moores
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Jeff Pearlman is a columnist for SI.com, a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, and the critically acclaimed author of Boys Will Be Boys, The Bad Guys Won!, and Love Me, Hate Me.
As a baseball fan, I have a long history of watching Mr. Bonds: he was that up and coming star in the late 80's you wondered if he'd make it as big as he could, he was that super... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fred
Baseball fans should read it. Barry is a very interesting person, feels like I've met people like him, jerks, provides insight to themPublished 8 months ago by F. Andal
If you don't like Barry Bonds, you will love this book. I happen to like him and didn't like how he was portrayed at all. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Fontana
I'd recommend this book for any baseball fan in the 90s/2000s. Gives Bonds' back story. Loved the information from ASU, exploits in Montreal, and story about the Sid Bream play.Published 19 months ago by Walker Agnew Jr
This is a tough book about someone who pathologically invites such treatment. His defensive contempt of nearly everyone he came in contact with as a player is quite sad, as much... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by D. B. Rosett
I bought this book as a present for my husband. He Loved it. It got here on time for Christmas. He likes Barry bonds and it had all the information in it.Published on January 17, 2013 by Elva P.
It was a good book and provided a lot of good information. It is a bit of a sad story since despite all the talent and money he had he really never seemed happyPublished on October 12, 2012 by Dan Guinn
Sounds like to me this 'author" has a personal vendetta against Mr Bonds. It felt like I was reading a tabloid. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by shawn moore