The 464-page book, entitled, "American Icon: The Fall of Rogers Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime," was written by four investigative reporters from the New York Daily News -- Teri Thompson, Nathaniel Vinton, Michael O'Keeffe and Christian Red -- who have been reporting on Clemens for several years. The book is due to be released May 12.
Selected excerpts available online show detailed information about Clemens' relationship with his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, his alleged involvement with steroids and human growth hormone, his questioned testimony before Congress and even his romantic life.
"Despite their differences in accent and income, Clemens, the swaggering jock from Texas, and McNamee, the sardonic ex-cop from New York, shared a passion for baseball," one excerpted paragraph from the book reads.
"Clemens was determined to prove he wasn't fading, and McNamee, having just arrived at The Show, was committed to staying there. So there would be other injections, but with the first one the two men crossed a stark line into territory they would never escape: Clemens became a cheater, and McNamee became his enabler."
The book was based on "hundreds of interviews, along with thousands of pages of court documents, congressional depositions, medical files, e-mails and secretly taped phone conversations," according to the Daily News, and Clemens refused to participate with the writers despite multiple requests for the pitcher to tell his side of the story.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less