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The Doper Next Door: My Strange and Scandalous Year on Performance-Enhancing Drugs Hardcover – June 1, 2011
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"Tilin [enters] the shady world of the "anti-aging" industry, populated with past-their-prime jocks and fading beauties, "Dr. Iffys," hucksters, and much confusing and contradictory information on the effects, positive and dangerous, of rubbing testosterone cream on one's private parts and injecting other drugs in search of better performance on the road, in bed and in the mirror. Tilin is an engaging writer, and even though he wades into an arena ripe for mockery, he provides mostly gentle portrayals of the people he meets during his testosterone-boosted year." San Francisco Chronicle
A good booktimely, engaging, honest and well-researched . . . it raises excellent ethical questions about hormone replacement, supplementation, anti-aging and drug abuse." Peter Brown Hoffmeister, author of The End of Boys
"Timely, engaging, honest, and well-researched." The Huffington Post
"For the voyeur." Bicycling magazine
Andrew Tilin took on a risky, difficult assignment when he decided to act as his own guinea pigin a clandestine study of the powerful effects that supplemental testosterone can have on a weekend athlete and family man. The result is amazing: an incredible thrill ride through the back alleys of sports doping, hormone replacement, and anti-aging medicine. The Doper Next Door is participatory journalism at its best.”
Alex Heard, editorial director at Outside magazine and author of The Eyes of Willie McGee
"Andrew Tilin plunges fearlessly into a culture that we hardly new existed, one in which a hopped-up citizenry’s high hopes and false heroes trump all else, and enlists in a first-hand reckoning with the real questions we should be asking about performance enhancing drugs. There are no easy answersjust the challenge of deciding who’s cheating whom."
Eric Hagerman, co-author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
"Andrew Tilin's story is as complex and challenging as the issue he tackles head onthe modern, and unfortunately ubiquitous, scourge of performance-enhancing drug use."
Bill Strickland, editor-at-large of Bicycling magazine and author of Ten Points
"In The Doper Next Door, Andrew Tilin personally explores the astonishing powers and frightening side-effects of performance-enhancing drugs. The result is an eye-opening, eyebrow-raising, immensely troubling, and yet often hilariously funny sports memoir. In the tradition of George Plimpton, this is a sterling work of participatory journalisma carefully reported and deeply experienced book that takes us behind the hot outrage of the headlines and into the very bloodstream of the modern sports world."
Hampton Sides, editor-at-large Outside magazine and bestselling author of Hellhound On His Trail
"The Doper Next Door is a brain-enhancing drug of a book: harrowing, powerful, freaky, wondrous, and wise. I couldn't put it down."
Daniel Coyle, bestselling author of Lance Armstrong's War and The Talent Code
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Overall, this is a very well written, thoroughly researched book examining a somewhat hidden subject and I strongly recommend it for weekend warriors, readers in their upper 30s to 60s, and others with interest in athletics. Does it enhance performance and sex life? Well, I let you read and decide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off, author has some deep childhood issues he needs to deal with a professional therapist, most notably small-man syndrome. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Antonio Cipriani
It was interesting to a point. But then the author gets whiney.Published 6 months ago by Karen R. Hogenboom
Andrew Tilin and I are both Americans, we live in cities, we are married white men facing similar issues in our lives. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dan J. Dunn
The book is great narrative written by a first-time juicer. I'm really enjoying the read. Hopefully, he starts taking some AI's and N2Clean with his T :)Published 9 months ago by Steven Young
Not sure what to say is that there is way too much information about Tilin's personal life and dysfunctional relationship with his wife. Read morePublished 20 months ago by RexWrecks
Andrew Talin's 'The Doper Next Door' is a oddly fascinating read about a middle aged journalist who cycles at a high recreational level. Mr. Read morePublished 20 months ago by james
As a amateur cyclist that has raced since 1996 I have wondered about the thinks that the author talks about in this book. He brings up the concept of doping in the amateur ranks. Read morePublished 21 months ago by ParamedicGal
especially for someone like me who participates in lots of age group endurance sports. I would recommend to others interested in PED use among amateurs and age groupers.Published 22 months ago by RunnerJ
I wanted to like this book. I thought I had read Tilin's article in Outside covering the same journey and remembered enjoying it, but it must have been another writer. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by A. Hinman