This audiobook is the window into the underground world of cheating at the highest levels, which set off a frenzy of activity and hand-wringing in the offices of Major League Baseball and Congress. Through the authors' pursuit of sources and documents, they were able to open for public view a world in which elite athletes trade money and risk their health for the edge that will allow them to run faster, hit harder, and compete longer, and then cash in on the fame and wealth that comes only to those at the very top of their games.
What the compelling newspaper articles weren't able to provide is the kind of narrative and inside-baseball look at BALCO that only a book or audiobook could explore. This is the definitive account of the sports story of our times, as written by the journalists who blew it open.
Please note: This is the abridged edition. An unabridged version is also available.
"A sober, skillful and utterly damning account of not just the Bonds fiasco but the pervasive influence of steroids in sports." (Los Angeles Times)
"Devastating. . . . groundbreaking. . . . Necessary reading for anyone concerned with the steroids era in baseball and track and field and its fallout on sports history." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)
"A compelling portrait of conspiracy. . . . Fascinating." (The Boston Globe)