Game of Shadows

Game of Shadows

Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the 2004 federal investigation that led to the exposure of performance-enhancing drug use by some of the nation's most famous baseball athletes, documenting how self-proclaimed nutritionist Victor Conte penetrated top levels of professional sports by exploiting corrupt practices. 100,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Chronicles the 2004 federal investigation that led to the exposure of performance-enhancing drug use by some of the nation's most famous baseball athletes.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781592401994
1592401996
Branch Call Number: 362.29 FAI
Characteristics: xvi, 332 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Williams, Lance 1950-

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
May 29, 2016

Game of Shadows is part sports book and part true crime, giving us a candid look at the seedy world of steroid trafficking in the Bay Area. When Victor Conte created BALCO, he had the perfect business model: provide athletes with cutting edge designer steroids that would evade detection, and in return, they would promote his legitimate supplements like ZMA. And when he bagged the elephant, Barry Bonds, it looked liked he had struck gold working with baseball's all-time home run king. But through one foolish mistake and two concurrent investigations that involved some good ole' fashioned garbage picking, his world and the athletes involved in it would come crashing down. Not knowing much about the world of steroids, I was amazed at how much I learned after reading this book. Whether its Winstrol, HGH, prohormones or "The Clear," there is quite a bit of diversity in what athletes can use if they decide to get "juiced." Of course, if you still believe that Bonds was just misunderstood or a victim of white racism, definitely pick up Game of Shadows. After nearly 300 pages, you'll see that this slugger was not only a major juicer, but also guilty of tax evasion, not to mention being an overall douchebag of epic proportions. Sadly, after knowing how Conte always stayed one step ahead of the testers, I have a bad feeling that professional athletes are still taking PEDs - they're just a lot better now at hiding it.

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trotter73
Jul 01, 2015

Exposes PED use in the world of track and field, baseball (very detailed on Bonds) when the Balco case hit the headlines.

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rmd21
Sep 23, 2012

Nice expose into the rampant "supplementing" by elite athletes in the world of track and field, baseball and American football. Fainaru-Wada and Williams provide the evidence that shows many records and legacies are tainted through usage of PEDs, as well as the lax attitude by the powers of baseball to effect change. Bud Selig should have been booted ages ago.

Hard to believe an ex-member of Tower of Power, Victor Conte, led all of this to happen in cahoots with an amateur, albeit brilliant, chemist named Patrick Arnold. Arnold devised a couple of undetectable steroids that if it weren't for a jealous track coach we probably would still be unaware of its existence and the cheaters would have gone down in glory...

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pokano
Aug 08, 2010

If you weren't convinced before, you will be after reading this book. Barry Bonds took steroids.

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