New book Spitting in the Soup explores the history of sports…

first_img Related Don’t hate the player. Hate the game. That’s one message of a new book from veteran sports journalist Mark Johnson. In his new book, Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, Johnson explores how the deals made behind closed doors keep drugs in sports.Johnson unwinds the doping culture from the early days, when pills meant progress, and uncovers the complex relationships that underlie elite sports culture – the essence of which is not to play fair but to push the boundaries of human performance.Interested readers can visit spittinginthesoup.com to see recent author interviews and read excerpts on the origins of doping, the first day doping was deemed bad, the dangers of dietary supplements, ‘the media-created myths surrounding the dangers of PEDs’, and how societal attitudes about medicine contribute to a culture of doping. The book is now available in the UK at select bookshops or direct from cordee.co.uk.The blurb on the new book notes that doping is as old as organized sports. From baseball to horse racing, cycling to track and field, drugs have been used to enhance performance for 150 years. For much of that time, doping to do better was expected and considered the mark of a committed professional. It was doping to throw a game that stirred outrage.Today, athletes are vilified for using performance-enhancing drugs. Damned as moral deviants who shred the fair-play fabric, dopers are an affront to the athletes who don’t take shortcuts. But the book argues that this tidy view swindles sports fans.‘While we may want the world sorted into villains and victims, putting the blame on athletes alone ignores decades of history in which teams, coaches, governments, the media, scientists, sponsors, sports federations, and even spectators have played a role.’The truth about doping in sports is seen as messy and shocking because it ‘holds a mirror to our own reluctance to spit in the soup’ – that is, to ‘tell the truth about the spectacle we crave and shatter the chivalric ideal of the purity of sports and athletes.’It’s commonly believed that drugs in sports have always been frowned upon, but that’s not necessarily the case. Drugs in sports are old. It’s banning drugs in sports that is new. Spitting in the Soup offers a ‘bitingly honest, clear-eyed look at why that’s so, and what it will take to kick pills out of the locker room once and for all.’Spitting in the Soup includes chapters covering the origins of doping, Pierre de Coubertin and the myth of fair play, amateurism and the commercialization of the Olympic Games, the day that drugs became dangerous, the criminalization of performance-enhancing drugs, the accidental birth of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Cold War pressures and the Eastern Bloc sports performance machine, anabolic steroids and American weightlifters, the Amateur Sports Act, blood doping for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Dr Ferrari and the EPO generation, the US War on Drugs, amphetamines and the dietary supplement industry, DSHEA and baseball’s salvation, genetically modified athletes, and the American prescription drug culture!Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports – by Mark Johnson (hardcover with dust jacket; 229 x 152mm; 416 pp; £19.99, 9781937715274)Mark Johnson is a sportswriter and sports photographer. He has covered cycling and endurance sports as a writer and photographer since the 1980s. His work often focuses on the business of pro cycling – a topic that frequently intersects with the sport’s long history of doping.Along with US publications such as VeloNews and Road, his work is published in Cycling Weekly in the UK, Velo in France, Ride Cycling Review and CyclingNews in Australia as well as general-interest publications including the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, the author also has an MA and PhD in English Literature from Boston University.This title retails in the U.K. for £19.99.www.cordee.co.ukwww.spittinginthesoup.comlast_img read more

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Book shows why Warren worries banks

first_imgby. Darrell DelamaideWhen Elizabeth Warren’s role as overseer for the government’s bank bailout program thrust her into the media spotlight back in 2009, the Harvard law professor was not prepared for the glare.Her criticism of the big banks’ role in fomenting the financial crisis landed her an invitation to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the faux-news program on Comedy Central that has become a cult show for those who want to know what’s really going on.In her new memoir, A Fighting Chance, out this week, Warren relates that she was so nervous she was ill in the little bathroom offstage. After she was led to the set and pointed to an opening onto the stage, “I stepped out into the lights feeling like an astronaut who had just left the space capsule — except that I hadn’t practiced this maneuver back on my home planet.”It is a flash of the wit that threads through the new book, which many see as a campaign autobiography by the Massachusetts senator despite Warren’s repeated insistence that she is not running for 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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