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Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  272 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
No player in the history of baseball has left such an indelible mark on the game as San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds. In his twenty-year career, Bonds has amassed an unprecedented seven MVP awards, eight Gold Gloves, and more than seven hundred home runs, an impressive assortment of feats that has earned him consideration as one of the greatest players the game ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by It Books (first published 2006)
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May 09, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
A well-written, hanging-by-his-own-rope bio of an undeniably talented and completely polarizing athlete; one of the greatest of his era. Pearlman has done his research, going all the way back to Bonds' cub scouts den mother to find people willing to shit on Barry for being a jerk. The question that lingers in my mind, having read this book, is where is the one about Mark McGwire along these lines? Would Cobb, or Ruth, or DiMaggio, or Williams, have survived the media scrutiny Barry Bonds has end ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Adil rated it it was amazing
"Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the making of an Antihero" is an excellent book written by Jeff Pearlman about the biggest figure in baseball history and probaly biggest cheater of the 20th century. Instead of just bashing Bonds for lying about using steroids and performance drugs, he interviews both sides: the critics and Bond's family. Pearlman does a good job of recapiing what Bonds did in his 20 year and how tremendous it was. He passed both Babe ruth and Hank Aaron in home runs with ove ...more
May 12, 2010 Ice rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, afro-american
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Max Anadon
Aug 23, 2009 Max Anadon rated it liked it
Well I'm one of the multitude of Barry bashers. It's clear he used PEDs...the only thing missing is his acknowledgement that he did so knowingly. It's a sad story, and it's impossible for me to understand the world of a superstar like Barry and what life is like in an egocentric world like his. If I did not vote for him for the HOF, it would be out of spite... Incredible athelete without PEDs, but from this story, he seems to lack quite a bit in the compassion, understanding, and humane departme ...more
Ashraf Chowdhury
Mar 03, 2015 Ashraf Chowdhury rated it really liked it
Good beind the scenes insight to one of sports most polarizing figures.
Jul 11, 2008 Tommy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, in case you couldn't tell from his behavior in press conferences, interviews, and candid moments on the diamond, Barry Bonds has a chip on his shoulder the size of the Golden Gate Bridge.

This book just confirms it - you might go in looking for the misunderstood athlete who secretly wants to be loved, who visits sick kids in the off-season.

That guy's not here. Where have all the baseball heroes gone? Pete Rose, Bonds, McGwire, Clemens - all sport asterisks next to their names in my book now.
A very interesting and intriguing look at baseball's Public Enemy #1. The facts and sources that go into this book are great, the author really took his time to make sure everything was accurate. It really paints a picture of what kind of guy Barry Bonds is and where the source of his "attitude" comes from. The author takes an un-biased view on the man and tries to point out the positive moments but by the end you learn that those positive moments are not very genuine and Barry Bonds really is a ...more
Oct 21, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
Barry Bonds is an enigma - self-absorbed, highly sensitive, ridiculously talented. I wonder what he really thinks when he goes to bed at night - is he a victim of fame and circumstance? is he as clueless of his own responsibility as he seems? how does he reconcile his legitimate, true talent with the steroid-driven quest for the home run record? Good story, but makes me wonder if we will ever see the real end of it.
Jun 16, 2015 Dave rated it it was amazing
So talented but all that is overshadowed by him being a first class jerk!
J.O. Obdin
Oct 31, 2012 J.O. Obdin rated it really liked it
So far a great book. Gives good insight on Barry Bonds. I can't wait to finish and see who is the real and true him!

September 24, 2012 Updated- I am still reading the book. I can really see why people dislike the book because of how a guy with great talent... Well you need to read the book to really judge him. Overall this gives good insight who Barry Bonds really is.
Jan 11, 2008 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Barry Bonds has a split personality and the author mixed the media view with friends and teammates view. In doing so he managed to show the good side and the bad side of him. I find it a shame that he used HGH & steriods to enhance his remarkable talent. Without these drugs, he still would be a top player and now he has ruined his standing.
Jan 13, 2014 Benn rated it really liked it
Bonds doesn't come across well in this book, he seems to be despised by teammates and the media, and as for the Hall of Fame debate, I expect that to rage on for a long time. No doubt the guy was a talented ballplayer whether he was clean or not, I guess only one person knows the truth and he ain't talking.
Jun 25, 2007 Steven rated it it was amazing
Comprehensive biography of the controversial Barry Bonds, exploring what motivates him and what tortures him.

I learned from this book that Barry Bonds is conceivably a worse person than he is portrayed in the media. He is the very embodiment of the spoiled, petulant, modern superstar.
Jul 09, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read & look into Barry Bonds. As a Giants fan, it was tough to read (I have my own feelings on Bonds), but for die-hard Bonds fans, I imagine it would be painful and eye-opening. Definitely a must read for baseball fans, in general.
Jun 30, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
Nothing fascinates me more than reading biographies or insider accounts of professional athletes. The lives they lead and the things they get away with are second to none. The life and path of Barry Bonds is gripping.
Tim Hickey
Aug 30, 2012 Tim Hickey rated it really liked it
Good book. Couldn't stand Barry Bonds and what his bogus records did to baseball but have a better understanding of who he is and what's he's gone through. Poison in the clubhouse and hated the press.
Duane Hill
Aug 19, 2012 Duane Hill rated it liked it
If you are going to hate some one, get some information about them. Reading this book gave a excellent insight of who really is Barry Bonds.
Dec 27, 2010 Luigib rated it it was amazing
Great documentation of a fraud who has zero personality!!! Just needed to get rid of him to win the World Series. Barry who??
Oct 13, 2010 Peter rated it liked it
Whether you love Barry Bonds or you hate him, you'll certainly understand him after reading this book.
Sep 05, 2010 Jason rated it liked it
Honestly, I thought this book was hilarious. Unintentionally hilarious, but hilarious all the same.
Aug 25, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who hate Barry Bonds
Shelves: sports
Barry Bonds is a jerk. Jeff Pearlan's a pretty good writer. Read this and find out why.
Jan 04, 2009 David rated it it was amazing
An underated book. Really tells what an enigma the subject is.
Nov 20, 2007 Jim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any baseball fan
That you can write a compelling biography of an unlikeable person.
Jul 15, 2012 Gary rated it liked it
Barry Bonds is the biggest jerk to ever play baseball.
Jul 15, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it
Interesting read about an arrogant man.
Aug 06, 2007 Matt rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the Home Run record chase
What an uber-talented prick.
Oct 14, 2008 Todd rated it liked it
Jun 01, 2008 Carolina rated it liked it
RALPH rated it it was ok
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