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Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero Paperback – February 20, 2007
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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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About the Author
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.
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Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Baseball Author
Kudos to Jeff Pearlman for tackling such a confounding project to inject the most probable honesty from others regarding Bonds while doing his best to present his humanity. I would go even one step further and assert that oftentimes people are too afraid of the perceived reactions of so-called sociopathic demigods to stand up to them. Even they are merely human. For example, one of the more lighthearted expanses was part of chapter 15, "This Graceless Season," covering 2001. Wily veterans Shawon Dunston and Eric Davis constantly brushed back at Bonds' pompous pretenses only to provoke his good-natured, humorous side. Whether or not that chemistry had anything to do with both Dunston and Davis being African-American, and Davis having been the standard to whom Bonds had been compared in the late 1980s, really might be moot. Many of the situations covering Bonds' interactions with others seemed to show much passive indifference. With that, many of us have encountered a Bonds-like bully at some point. It just so happens he was possibly the most athletically proliferative of them all in history. So who is really the criminal? Bonds, or the ones who enabled him by not standing up to him?
- Excellent background on the Bonds family in general
- Excellent background on Bobby Bonds' life and how it impacted Barry
- Extensive research, gives perspectives from so many different people
- Fills in Barry's entire life, from infancy to superstardom
- Contextualizes Barry's entrance into the world of PED's beautifully
- Enough stats to satisfy the typical baseball fan's tastes
- Great balance between Barry's personal life and his professional life
- Very solid writing
- Very well organized
- Great sense of humor. I actually laughed out loud several times -- very rare for a book.
Jeff Pearlman really hit this one out of the park! Very highly recommended!
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