East german doping olympics

As the use of illegal drugs continues to be discovered in so many sports, it is all the more important to read Faust's Gold, for whereas East Germany is no more, the same dreams and drives that lead athletes to turn to drugs and the same sort of evil people willing to dispense them, still exist. Steven Ungerleider's thorough study of this remains modern athletics most compelling horror story."

-----Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, NPR weekly contributor

"Long before there was Biogenesis or BALCO, there was the East German doping machine - the granddaddy of performance-enhancing drug conspiracies. In Fausts Gold, Steven Ungerleider provides readers with a rich, authoritative account of how a tiny country willfully and tragically endangered its young athletes in the interest of becoming an Olympic juggernaut."

  -----Mark Fainaru-Wada, co-author "Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports"

"The story of the state-sponsored doping of East German athletes in the 1970s and 1980s is one of the great sports tragedies of our time. Steven Ungerleider has gone behind the scenes to tell that story in stunning and riveting detail in Faust's Gold. If you are wondering when and where the Steroids Era got its start, Ungerleider has all the answers."

  -----Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist, ABC News commentator, best-selling author of Inside Edge and Best Seat in the House

"Faust's Gold by Steven Ungerleider is a cautionary tale about the very real dangers that performance-enhancing drugs can pose to athletes, and to sports."

  -----Lance Williams, co author, Game of Shadows

"Memory is essential to who we are and what we do. To not just know but understand sports doping then and now, Steven Ungerleider's Faust's Gold is where to start."

  -----Alan Abrahamson, Journalist/lawyer and lecturer at the University of Southern California's Annenberg journalism school.

"Steven Ungerleider is one of the pioneers of doping reportage. Today there are lots of American journalists who cover performance-enhancing drugs, and for many of us "Faust's Gold" is one of the foundational texts."

  -----Nathaniel Vinton, The New York Daily News (and co-author of American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime)

East german doping olympics

east german doping olympics


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