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Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports By Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams

In December of 2004, after more than a year of investigation, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams broke the story that in a federal investigation of a nutritional supplement company called BALCO, Barry Bonds and fellow slugger Jason Giambi had admitted to taking steroids. Immediately the issue of steroids in baseball became front-page news. In Game of Shadows, Fainaru-Wada and Williams expose the secrets of BALCO, illuminating how professional athletes risked their health for a competitive edge. The result is a sober, skillful and utterly damning account of not just the Bonds fiasco but the pervasive influence of steroids in sports.

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