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Dunks, Doubles, Doping: How Steroids Are Killing American Athletics Hardcover – April 1, 2006
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From the Back Cover
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
The anonymous stuff was pretty crazy too with the Olympic athlete and the coach.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jendrick, an amateur bodybuilder, claims that this isn't an anti-steroid book or pro-steroid book but in my opinion, it is very biased and pro-steroids. Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by Analise
... this book nails the haters in the sack. Like a slam dunk or a quarterback sack, this book hits hard. Figured the hype was overated but its actually good stuff. Read morePublished on May 3, 2006 by Hugh Ng
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. Read morePublished on May 2, 2006 by Roger Renghelli