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Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  165 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In Juicing the Game, award-winning journalist Howard Bryant offers the only big-picture look at the insidious manner in which performance-enhancing drugs infested baseball as the game's leaders stood idly by, reaping the rewards. Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism with interviews with baseball heavyweights such as Jason Giambi, Commissioner Bud Selig, union he ...more
ebook, 480 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Plume Books (first published 2005)
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Tells a narrative history of the steroid era in baseball. Baseball fans will generally enjoy this, the interesting points come from the story's tracking of how the commissioner and the players' union addressed steroids as an issue at various points and tracked the failure of that policy to develop to protect the game. The Players' Union blocked all testing efforts at every turn and emerges as the prime culprit, but Selig comes off as an accomplice in that he wasn't interested in fighting the Uni ...more
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Bruce Anderson
I cannot do justice to the well-thought out and executed effort that this book represents. This is professional journalism pretty close to being at its best. The writing, although never literary stylistically-speaking, demonstrates a great respect for the readers' needs for story-telling. The only lacuna I find is that Bryant was unable to devote a chapter to the fans' contribution to celebrity worship that this form of entertainment represents. You know that Americans are constantly being told ...more
Jerry Smith
In depth review of the steroid decade in major league baseball. With the advantage of a few years to look back it is worth examining this era and how it came about.

This is very thorough and long. However it is very well written, especially if you have an interest in baseball (which would probably be the case if you pick this up). It puts things in context better than any other book I have read on the subject, starting with the strike in the early 90's, talking in depth about the roles of all the
I love sports... almost of any kind, so I was intrigued to learn more about the whole steroid scandal in baseball. This is a great book if you want to know anything about the inner workings of baseball - who has what power and influence on the game and how do the forces push and pull? - the owners, the players, the player's union, the umpires, the managers, the commissioner's office, the public, the press... it's all there. It is very dry reading at times - I must warn you. Lots and lots of name ...more
Scott Worden
An excellent book on the background of the steroid era in MLB. The book also points out some of the hypocrisies of MLB owners that go all the way back to the 1919 Black Sox scandal as well as the hidden cohesion to not let blacks play baseball until Jackie Robinson was introduced. The book discusses Bud Selig's side, the player's union side, and how it affected the fans. I was especially impressed with how in depth the research went into BALCO, as well as the progression of events that finally l ...more
It was an interesting book that's all I really go to say.
Dec 06, 2008 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sports Fans
Shelves: sports
Very detailed book about more than a decade in Major League Baseball. It covers the steroid issue and gives you a good understanding of how it came about. It was a slow reading book for me because I didn't want to miss one little detail about the players, manager, teams, or history of the game and the steroid issue. But well worth the time it took to read! It also covers many other things including the Player's strike and all the details leading up to it.
Jul 04, 2010 Hubert rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sports enthusiasts.
Shelves: sports
Very strong overview of the steroids scandal from its beginnings to the present day. The only thing I would have done is edit out about 10%-15% of the book; sometimes it felt overwritten.
Marta Foster
The best book I've read on baseball and steroids. Eye-opening. Lost a star bec he clearly wouldn't let an editor touch it.
Richie C.
A great look at the history of steroids in baseball, and how MLB has to point a finger at itself when starting the blame game.
A good book about the long time issue baseball has had with steriods (or however you spell steriods).
This book makes the George Mitchell report seem even more naive.
in depth and well-researched
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