Doping in Sports: Winning at Any Cost?

Doping in Sports: Winning at Any Cost? 104p. bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Apr. 2016. Tr $34.65. ISBN 9781467761482.
Gr 9 Up—A critical examination of the doping subculture as it stretches across amateur and professional sports. The author includes anecdotal material from participants of all kinds—cyclists, football players, bodybuilders, doctors, scientists, and coaches—to supplement this chronological overview of the rise of doping and the subsequent response by leagues, oversight committees, and governments. Pull quotes and sidebars detail various scandals, ranging from the well-worn (Lance Armstrong, various Olympic games) to the troublingly recent (doping allegations against Manny Pacquiao by Floyd Mayweather). The content is well written and clear, with appropriate explanation of terms where necessary. Unfortunately, the book's format will not engage readers in a long perusal. The succinct presentation, packed with examples and citations, comes at the expense of analysis, and the sheer volume of name-dropping and references may overwhelm those new to the subject. Dense pages of text with few pictures, charts, or graphs leave users relying on interest alone to slog through the entire book. However, a basic glossary, short index, and detailed bibliography launch readers through the eight short chapters and epilogue to other sources.
VERDICT Students will find this well-researched purchase helpful for the issue-based essay, though reluctant readers may give it up before the end for more engaging presentations.

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