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“American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime”

By Jessica Schneider May 14, 2009, 14:01 GMT

“American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime”

It was an epic downfall. In twenty-four seasons pitcher Roger Clemens put together one of the greatest careers baseball has ever seen. Seven Cy Young Awards, two World Series championships, and 354 victories made him a lock for the Hall of Fame. But on December 13, 2007, the Mitchell Report laid waste to all that. Accusations that Clemens relied on steroids and human growth hormone provided and administered by his ...more

The title says it all. Written by Teri Thompson, Nathaniel Vinton, Michael O'Keeffe, and Christian Red, “recount the story of Clemens’s shockingly swift fall from grace,” according to the NYT.

Some of the product description notes: “This compelling story is the strongest examination yet of the rise of illegal drugs in America’s favorite sport, the gym-rat culture in Texas that has played such an important role in spreading those drugs, and the way Congress has dealt with the entire issue.

Andy Pettitte, Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Chuck Knoblauch are just a few of the other players whose moving and sometimes disturbing stories are illuminated here as well. The New York Daily News Sports Investigative Team has written the definitive book on corruption and the steroids era in Major League Baseball.

In doing so, they have managed to dig beneath the disillusion and disappointment to give us a stirring look at heroes who all too often live unheroic shadow lives.”

The reviewer also notes that the book: “does a nimble job of conjuring up the gym-rat culture in Texas that promoted the use of performance enhancement and anti-aging drugs, and the must-win culture in Major League Baseball that made such drugs appealing to certain players: like superstars intent on breaking more records, injured ones desperate to heal, and aging ones eager to reboot their careers.”

Read the full NYT review here.



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American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime

It was an epic downfall. In twenty-four seasons pitcher Roger Clemens put together one of the greatest careers baseball has ever seen. Seven Cy Young Awards, two World Series championships, ...more

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