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American Icon

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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 growt ...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2009)
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A while ago I read an article in Sports Illustrated about steroids in Baseball that fascinated me. The article was about several minor league players right at the margins of getting bumped up to the majors. The ones who "juiced" got bumped up and had relative success while those who didn't stayed in the minors. This made me see steroids in sports in a different light. Its about more than drugs and money. At its heart I feel that its a real and wrenching moral tragedy and not to be too grandiose ...more
American Icon shows that sometimes you can tell a book by its cover. The cover tells us that the book is about a celebrated athlete and how his career tracked the growth and development of the use of performance enhancing drugs in his sport.

On the front cover, that athlete, Roger Clemens, who used his right arm to win 354 big league games, is shown in the uniform of the New York Yankees with that right arm cocked to throw. But his hand holds not a baseball, but a bat shard. Clemens, clearly enr
Jul 06, 2009 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, non-fiction
Just when I thought I had read- or wanted to read- every book ever written on the steroid issue they publish this book detailing the fall of Rocket man. Too cheap to shell out the money, I request my library to order it. The first half of the book is great- a 5 star account with details on the life of Roger Clements and Andy Petite among others. The last half was like wading thru quicksand . It’s the reason I don’t read a lot of true crime novels anymore since the trial part is slow and boring. ...more
Lonnie Ellingson
"Gripping . . . nimble . . . the authors have turned the sprawling story of steroid-use into a sleek narrative that reads like an investigative thriller, peopled by a Dickensian cast of characters, from big-name ball players and their high-powered lawyers to small time bodybuilders and gym owners, from federal investigators and members of Congress to denizens of "the violent criminal underworld of muscle-building drug distribution. As in Bob Woodward's inside-Washington books, the narrative of ' ...more
Tim Niland
Jun 04, 2009 Tim Niland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
This is an extremely detailed recounting of the baseball steroid scandal, in particular focusing on the legendary pitcher Roger Clemens and his one time trainer, Brian McNamee. The relationship between the two men is recounted in depth, from their meeting in Toronto where they first began to use steroids, to Clemens move to the New York Yankees and his late career success helped by McNamee who had become his personal trainer. The book recounts Clemens fall from grace as steroids were investigate ...more
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Oliver Bateman
May 28, 2010 Oliver Bateman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting companion piece to the excellent Game of Shadows. American Icon tells the next half of the steroid saga: the grisly, pathetic aftermath of a decade of duplicity as viewed through the experience of Roger Clemens. Clemens, a zealot who probably believes that he didn't use HGH in spite of the fact that he did, struggles to preserve his tarnished reputation. He and his legal team pull out all the stops, but eventually some version of the truth wins out. Although this story features no ...more
Jun 08, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball-sports
loved this book- I closely followed the Congressional hearings and really enjoyed the behind the scenes details in this book. I don't like Clemens-when he threw the piece of a bat at Piazza and then said he thought it was the baseball I lost all respect for him. And the saddest part of this book is how clear it is that Clemens really thought he was so respected in the sport that he could just say he did not do steroids and every one would believe him- he "misremembered"that most fans outside Yan ...more
Aug 16, 2009 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did Roger Clemons use steriods?

Read the book and I think you will agree that he did.
However, instead of telling the truth Clemons lied about it over and over again.

The book goes into all of the investigations that were conducted concerning steriods in baseball. It talks about how Jose Conseco, Andy Petitte, and others were linked to steriods too.

This book is loaded with facts. IF you want to know more about this issue read the book.
Feb 16, 2011 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not really sure why I read this book - I loved baseball as a kid growing up, but, became completely uninterested when they canceled the series in '94, after waiting virtually my whole life for a team to come to Denver - and it only reaffirmed my cynicism about the modern game
Really a great expose on the steroid era in baseball and particularly the delusional behavior of Roger Clemens.
May 08, 2010 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting how the traits that make a person great are the same ones that lead to a fall from grace. A very interesting read if you are a baseball fan.
Paul Miller
Unless you wish to read a tortuously long book chronicling what you already know (Clements is a huge cheater), avoid this book like the plaque. Way too many other good sports books out there.
Jim Weir
Jan 01, 2010 Jim Weir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Baseball fans
Shelves: fun, current-events
If half of what's in this book is true, Roger Clemens has diluted himself into believing he never took performance enhancing drugs.
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He misremembers.....
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