Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports (Unabridged‪)‬

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The complete inside story of the shocking steroids scandal that turned the sports world upside down

For years, in the shadowy reaches of the world of sports, there were rumors that some of our nation’s greatest athletes were using steroids, human growth hormone, and other drugs to run faster, jump higher, and hit harder. But as track stars blazed their way to Olympic medals and sluggers brought fans back to baseball, sports officials, the media, and fans looked past the rumors and cheered on the athletes to ever-higher levels of performance. Then, in December 2004, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams broke the story of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a tiny nutritional supplement company that, according to sworn testimony, was supplying elite athletes with banned drugs. The stories shocked the nation and the exposés led to congressional hearings on baseball's drug problems and a revived effort to purge the U.S. Olympic movement of drug cheats.

Now, in GAME OF SHADOWS, Fainaru-Wada and Williams tell the complete story of BALCO and the investigation that has shaken the foundations of the sporting world. And at the center of the story is the biggest star of them all, Barry Bonds, the muscle-bound MVP outfielder for the San Francisco Giants whose suspicious late-career renaissance has him threatening Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.

Shocking, revelatory, and riveting, GAME OF SHADOWS casts light into the shadows of American sports to reveal the dark truths at the heart of the game today.

Sports & Outdoors
Scott Brick
hr min
April 4
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

baseballfan ,

Not to Bad

This book really brought out some of the mysteries of the game of shadows. It is the best audiobook i have downloaded.

flemingx7 ,

This proves it.

Barry Bonds is a disgrace to baseball, and this book brings him out in the open. I have said it once, and I will say it again: If Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's record, baseball will begin its tailspin into complete and total obliteration. Bud Selig better get his act together, or he will go down as the most hated commissioner in baseball. This is baseball's last stand. Let's hope that things get sorted out.

Slingtastic ,

Here's the Deal

I am a New Yorker (upstate) but I have been a San Francisco Giants fan for a mighty long while. Personally, I've been cheering on the Bosox and the Mets more lately (Yankee-hater for life) because I am embarrassed for liking a team that would employ Mr. Bonds. He's a cheater, period. Anyone who doubts that he has done anything wrong is just in denial. The only thing I will say on Barry's behalf is that he is not the first to do what he has done and he won't be the last. The person who defended Mark McGuire for only using andro (not against the rules)... who are you then to criticize Barry? Mark cheated too whether it was officially against the rules or not. This whole debacle is not Barry's or Mark's or Jose's fault. They were just doing what any sensible ball-player would have done. Balco and their like have developed means of administering these drugs in a healthy way, believe it or not. They can greatly minimize negative side effects. If I was a good hitter and knew I could use these drugs to pad my wallet in a major way without any significant health effects I'm not sure I wouldn't do it. Major League Baseball and Bud Selig in particular let this issue rest on the backburner for too long simply because home-runs are good for ratings. While I can't condone Barry's actions or forgive them in any way, he is merely the most prominent symptom of the plague of the MLB. Whether or not any asterisk or other marker is placed by Barry's records, they will forever be tainted in the minds of Americans and baseball fans the world over, as they should be. Which is, I must confess, quite a shame... because he was one heck of a ball-player even before the juice.

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