Game of Shadows

Version: Abridged
Author: Mark Fainaru-Wada , Lance Williams
Narrator: Arnie Mazer
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Biography & Memoir, Baseball
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: March 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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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.

Reviews (2)

Big Time Cheats

Written by Tom from Lafayette on August 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

About as much as any sport, baseball in steeped in history; with records set by highly skilled, but non steroidal players. Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds changed all that.....and this book is a fascinating documentary of how that all happened and what they ingested to make them into supermen. You do not have to be a big baseball fan to enjoy this one.

Good, Not Great

Written by Anonymous on March 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This audiobook talks too much about track and field "stars" (who follows track and field?) and not enough about Bonds. It provides explicit details and facts about BALCO and its clients. It is worth renting if you are a baseball fan, but be warned of the large dose of track and field stuff.

Author Details

Author Details

Williams, Lance

<B>MARK FAINARU-WADA</B> and <B>LANCE WILLIAMS</B> are investigative reporters for the <I>San Francisco Chronicle</I>. After fifteen months of covering steroid use in sports, in December 2004 they reported in the <I>Chronicle</I> on the secret grand jury testimony of pro baseball players Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds, making headlines around the world. Fainaru- Wada and Williams won the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award, the George Polk Award, and the White House Correspondents Associations Edgar A. Poe Award for their reporting.