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by Teri Thompson

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354 wins. Some 4,000 strikeouts, millions of dollars earned, hundreds of millions of dollars in value sold to the world-consuming public. Around fifteen shots in the tail took him down.

This book came out in the middle of 2009, a year removed from the 2008 hearings which sank Roger Clemens. Most of the reporting contained here can be sniffed out in a few long articles published that summer, maybe one or two SI pieces. Fact of the matter, the authors here rehash what we already know, just like this review so far.

The authors miss out on why this story fascinated so many - Roger's out-sized personality, the banality of McNamee's testimony and the sleaziness of the lawyers involved. While McNamee & the lawyers dance and prance for the pleasure of the reading audience, we miss out on the space the 95-mph fastball left: no Roger. At no time does book move beyond the police blotter and into the realm truly great sports writing. Read the Times Review (smart piece) and try Book of Shadows, or anything written in an earlier era. It will be pure, like American nostalgia.

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  woodshopcowboy | Sep 27, 2009 |
“American Icon” mostly covers ground that serious baseball fans already know, but it may answer some lingering Yankee questions.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307271803, Hardcover)

It was an epic downfall. In twenty-four seasons pitcher Roger Clemens put together one of the greatest careers baseball has ever seen. Seven Cy Young Awards, two World Series championships, and 354 victories made him a lock for the Hall of Fame. But on December 13, 2007, the Mitchell Report laid waste to all that. Accusations that Clemens relied on steroids and human growth hormone provided and administered by his former trainer, Brian McNamee, have put Clemens in the crosshairs of a Justice Department investigation.

Why did this happen? How did it happen? Who made the decisions that altered some lives and ruined others? How did a devastating culture of drugs, lies, sex, and cheating fester and grow throughout Major League Baseball's clubhouses? The answers are in these extraordinary pages.

American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime is about much more than the downfall of a superstar. While the fascinating portrait of Clemens is certainly at the center of the action, the book takes us outside the white lines and inside the lives and dealings of sports executives, trainers, congressmen, lawyers, drug dealers, groupies, a porn star, and even a murderer—all of whom have ties to this saga. Four superb investigative journalists have spent years uncovering the truth, and at the heart of their investigation is a behind-the-scenes portrait of the maneuvering and strategies in the legal war between Clemens and his accuser, McNamee.

This compelling story is the strongest examination yet of the rise of illegal drugs in America’s favorite sport, the gym-rat culture in Texas that has played such an important role in spreading those drugs, and the way Congress has dealt with the entire issue. Andy Pettitte, Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Chuck Knoblauch are just a few of the other players whose moving and sometimes disturbing stories are illuminated here as well. The New York Daily News Sports Investigative Team has written the definitive book on corruption and the steroids era in Major League Baseball. In doing so, they have managed to dig beneath the disillusion and disappointment to give us a stirring look at heroes who all too often live unheroic shadow lives.

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The "New York Daily News" Sports Investigative Team has written more than just the story of the rise and fall of seasoned pitcher Roger Clemens, it has also penned the definitive book on corruption and the steroids era in Major League Baseball.

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