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Faust's Gold: Inside The East German Doping Machine

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For nearly twenty-five years, East Germany's corrupt sports organization dominated international athletics. While the German Democratic Republic's secret "State Plan" was in effect, more than ten thousand unsuspecting young athletes-- some as young as twelve years old-- were given massive doses of performance-enhancing anabolic steroids. These athletes achieved miraculous
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 9th 2001 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Faust's Gold by Steven UngerleiderCaged Moon by Rachel Deagan
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Fausts Gold documents what went on in eastern Germany with the "doping" of the athletes, in particular the female swimmers, with various roids and EPO. Its particuarly disturbing because in the case of the female swimmers, they were given to them without the girls knowledge of what they were taking, just being told they were "vitamins", and that some of the athletes were as young as 13 years old. Of course these women all developed serious health problems at a young age, had deformed children, a ...more
What a sad story. Over 30 years, the East German government secretly drugged over 100,000 athletes, often against their will. This policy was most prominent in female swimming starting with girls as young as 12. Receiving high doses of testosterone destroyed their lives forcing liver operations, sex changes, and deformed children.
While the story is so poignant this book rushes through, and does not spend enough time setting context and exploring the reasons behind this behavior. I had several qu
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This book occupies a valuable niche in English-language sports scholarship: to my knowledge, it's the only readily available account of the GDR doping machine that makes use of the original sources. But this updated and apparently self-published version is so, so sloppy! Fortunately, Undgerleider deposited the sources he painstakingly acquired at UT-Austin's Stark Center, so future scholars might revisit and flesh out the account he gives u here.
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Dr. Steven Ungerleider, an author of six books, completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, where he also competed as a collegiate gymnast. He holds masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Oregon, a post doc from the University of California, and is a licensed psychologist at Integrated Research Services, Incorporated in Eugene, Oregon.
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