American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime

Teri Thompson, Author, Nathaniel Vinton, Author, Michael O'Keeffe, Author Knopf Publishing Group $26.95 (464p) ISBN 978-0-307-27180-8
In a definitive examination of illegal drug use in America's pastime, ""sports investigative team"" Thompson, Vinton, O'Keeffe and Red (of New York's Daily News) focus on one-time Hall of Fame-bound pitcher Roger Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, who accused Clemens of relying on steroids and human growth hormone to prolong his lucrative career. (Clemens, upon this book's publication, continued to deny the allegations.) Both men were featured prominently in 2007's 409-page Mitchell Report investigation; in this decade-spanning account, they're surrounded by a motley cast that includes sports execs, drug dealers, lawyers, mistresses, elected officials, and former and current players such as Jose Canseco, Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez. Richly detailed, the muscular narrative often reads like a thriller, though numerous subplots don't always connect. Relying on hundreds of on- and off-the-record interviews and access to public and private documents, this is an intricate and compelling case in which there are no heroes, but a notable villain-the League itself-whose lax approach to the issue ensures baseball's steroids era isn't over.
Reviewed on: 05/11/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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