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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,928 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lance Williams, Mark Fainaru-Wada Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The complete inside story of the shocking steroids scandal that turned the sports world upside down

For years, in the shadowy reaches of the world of sports, there were rumors that some of our nation’s greatest athletes were using steroids, human growth hormone, and other drugs to run faster, jump higher, and hit harder. But as track stars blazed their way to Olympic medals and sluggers brought fans back to baseball, sports officials, the media, and fans looked past the rumors and cheered on the athletes to ever-higher levels of performance. Then, in December 2004, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams broke the story of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a tiny nutritional supplement company that, according to sworn testimony, was supplying elite athletes with banned drugs. The stories shocked the nation and the exposés led to congressional hearings on baseball's drug problems and a revived effort to purge the U.S. Olympic movement of drug cheats.

Now, in GAME OF SHADOWS, Fainaru-Wada and Williams tell the complete story of BALCO and the investigation that has shaken the foundations of the sporting world. And at the center of the story is the biggest star of them all, Barry Bonds, the muscle-bound MVP outfielder for the San Francisco Giants whose suspicious late-career renaissance has him threatening Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.

Shocking, revelatory, and riveting, GAME OF SHADOWS casts light into the shadows of American sports to reveal the dark truths at the heart of the game today.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carolyn | 2/19/2014

    " A quick read. Yeah, it's the book that uncovered Barry Bonds' shrunken balls and backne for the world to see -- but this book is less about the bold-face names than it is about good ol' American capitalism, Victor Conte-style. I don't think I'll watch track and field the same way ever again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason | 2/15/2014

    " After finishing this book you will be angry and confused over how Barry Bonds and a lot of other athletes aren't currently serving prison sentences. It was disturbing how the narrative in this book mirrored the court proceedings that unfolded recently during Barry Bonds' perjury trial. A great in depth look at how Balco came to exist, how the FBI was lead to athletes using synthetic drugs and the politics that kept Bonds out of prison. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kendra | 2/12/2014

    " I admit it, I was completely hooked on all the coverage of the MLB steroids controversy, Bonds chasing & breaking Hank Aaron's record, the Tour de France scandals, etc. It was a riveting, albeit depressing, read. I'd recommend it to anyone. We spend so much time lauding human achievement when our athletes achievve the impossible, when in large measure, these achievements are obtained in unsavory ways. Cheaters never win and winners never cheat? I'm not so sure anymore.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/8/2014

    " A good read. A lot of truthful facts. Sad state of sports. "

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