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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