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Gladiator: A True Story of 'Roids, Rage, and Redemption

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Aggressive, explosive, and boasting awesome athletic ability, Dan Clark rose to tremendous fame as Nitro on American Gladiators. He quickly emerged as the most popular cast member and became a reality television superstar. But a twenty-year affair with steroids led to a life of pissing blood, smuggling drugs, destroying hotel rooms, getting arrested, growing breasts, and l ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 10th 2009 by Scribner (first published 2009)
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Chris
I'm not really sure if this book is going to be effective as a cautionary tale about the dangers of steroid use. First of all, does the target audience (i.e. meatheads) even read books? I kid, I kid. But let's be honest. Not every potential steroid user is going to see the life of Dan Clark, aka Nitro from American Gladiators, as a caution against steroid use. The negative side effects and consequences seem rather insignificant when you can put the following on your resume:

* Becoming one of the
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Mark Baker
This memoir was written by Nitro from the original American Gladiators. It's the story of his life and his struggle with steroids. Yes, we get some time talking about the show that made him famous, but the majority of the time was actually spent on the price of that fame. You can tell Dan is trying to issue a warning to others about the dangers of steroids.

At times the book is a tough read just because Dan never holds back on the effects of the drugs. However, I enjoyed the book overall and I'm
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Dachokie
An evisceration on paper ..., March 3, 2009

First of all, I believe that it took a great deal of courage for Dan Clark to write this book ... his willingness to reveal so many personal and embarrassing moments in his life; totally breaking down the ego/persona that consumed most of his adulthood. Not too many people of his caliber are willing to do such and I think this is the reason his book is both believable and an excellent read.

You get the idea of where things are going early on in the book
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Carmaletta Hilton
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Tony Hightower
It's becoming a genre unto itself now: The Steroid Memoir, where a previously respected member of the athletic aristocracy decides, at the end of their career, to unburden themselves and tell "the kids out there" that the path they took to fame, riches and adulation is ultimately destructive, and not to be followed.



Of course, such messages ring hollow. These athletes have inevitably achieved incredible amounts of success in their fields, and regardless of the effects their lives may leave, that
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J.C.
Heroes Get Remembered; but Legends Never Die

We all remember the early nineties for various reasons. One reason could be one of the finest television shows ever syndicated: American Gladiators. One of the biggest stars of the show, Nitro (or Dan Clark), has finally written a memoir on his life, which chronicles his public rise and his personal fall, leaving nothing untouched including the bad and the ugly, and then the road to redemption.

This not a book about American Gladiators. This is a book a
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matt
Jun 09, 2011 matt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: american gladiators fans, athletes
Recommended to matt by: avclub.com
Shelves: kindle
as in many celebrity memoirs, the story of american gladiators' "nitro" was compelling, the message was moving, but the format left something to be desired. the style shifted from one extreme to the other, trying too hard to find descriptive flourishes, then falling back on tough guy straight talk with no attempt at artistry. something consistently in the middle ground would have been perfectly suitable to a story of this nature.

the present tense narrative and the italicized, stream of consciou
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Jon
This book was a nice surprise, and a very honest look into the life of a not-particularly-likable man who can't live up to any of the expectations he places on himself. If you're looking for a big, dirty expose on the behind-the-scenes of American Gladiators, this book may leave a little to be desired. If you're looking for graphic descriptions of steroid use and abuse, the difficulties of fame thrust upon an unstable person, or drunken self-destruction and debauchery, you'll probably enjoy this ...more
Tj
This books is definitely entertaining, but isn't particularly well written and leaves you with an extremely "loose" message.

Basically, Clark walks you through a crazy life story, that leaves him famous, well known and with more stories than an army of 100 men, but b/c it was fueled by steroids it is natural for the reader to assume, "none of this would have happened if he didn't take steroids". And to be clear, if that stuff didn't happen Clark would have been an unemployed, nearly illiterate me
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Samantha
Mar 12, 2009 Samantha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samantha by: Amazon Vine Book
This book is about an addict and granted it's not a drug addict the way most think of it but he's still an addict. This is about Dan Clark who was once an American Gladiator called Nitro. But it's about so much more than that. It's about how he got there. It's about what caused him to go where he went. He also played NFL football during the strike as a scab player and Italian professional football player who won the Super Bowl over there. This book has some flaws. I think it needed an editor and ...more
Paul
Meet Dan Clark -- A1 douche and legend in his own mind. Seriously, there's a reason why autobiographies like this almost always have a co-author. Dan aka "Nitro's" prose makes Linda Lovelace's Ordeal read like Ulysses. What, you never heard of "Nitro" from the original American Gladiators??!! Well, you must be the ONLY person in America -- no, make that the entire planet -- who hasn't because this dude was a "reality television superstar." Just ask him. This guy slept with more porn stars than J ...more
Laura
I found this book surprisingly compelling. I mistakenly thought Dan Clark would have used a ghost writer like so many other celebrities, but he wrote it himself...good job! He wrote of a world I know nothing about (other than an American Gladiators fan) and it was very interesting. His language and tone was crass at times and I am shocked he called out so many women, but it was an interesting story. I'm thankful it's his and not mine, though. If he wrote another memoir I'd totally read it.
Terry McCarthy
No one would ever expect such a good book out of Nitro!
I read a tantalizing review of this book and bought it...glad I did. Dan Clark's story of his descent into a particular kind of darkness is wonderfully told. I once read that good writing is HONEST and I believe that. Dan delivers honesty in spades. He is unflinchingly honest about that one subject most difficult for any man: himself.

This book is an easy and surprisingly rewarding read.
Well done, Dan!
Nathan Rabin
Surprisingly engaging and ruthlessly candid if a little melodramatic at times. It's a harrowing cautionary "Requiem For A Dream" to "Juiced"'s Cheech and Chong-style celebration of illegal drugs.
Aziz
a sad and pretty humorous biography of Dan Clark aka " Nitro " and his struggle with roids'..
Alexa
A very honest and eye-opening biography.
Monique
If you were a fan of the original American Gladiators, then this book is a must read. Dan Clark (aka Nitro) writes a candid autobiography about his struggle with fame, steroids, and life.
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