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This audiobook is the window into the underground world of cheating at the highest levels, which set off a frenzy of activity and hand-wringing in the offices of Major League Baseball and Congress. Through the authors' pursuit of sources and documents, they were able to open for public view a world in which elite athletes trade money and risk their health for the edge that will allow them to run faster, hit harder, and compete longer, and then cash in on the fame and wealth that comes only to those at the very top of their games. What the compelling newspaper articles weren't able to provide is the kind of narrative and inside-baseball look at BALCO that only a book or audiobook could explore. This is the definitive account of the sports story of our times, as written by the journalists who blew it open.
©2006 Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams (P)2006 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"Necessary reading for anyone concerned with the steroids era in baseball and track and field and its fallout on sports history." (The New York Times)
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By A book reader on 08-23-06

More about track than baseball

This is an interesting book on a timely topic, but there's not much insight into the life of Barry Bonds that hasn't already been revealed.

Moreover, the book is about 60 percent track and field/40 percent baseball, so it's probably not appropriate to call it a book about Barry Bonds, as it is being sold.

Finally, there's a little too much preaching at the end.

Narration is good and the authors do a nice job of portraying the book's real central character -- Conte, not Bonds.

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By Efrain on 09-09-16

great read

great read and it really shows you how they got away with playing professional baseball as dirty players.

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