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Introduction 1 The Origins of Doping 2 Pierre de Coubertin and the Fair-Play Myth 3 The Fall of Coubertin's Ideal 4 The Hot Roman Day When Doping Became Bad 5 Doping Becomes a Crime 6 The Birth of the World Anti-Doping Agency 7 Doping and the Cold War 8 Anabolic Steroids: Sports as Sputnik 9 The Reds Are Winning 10 Spinning Olympic Gold: L.A. 1984 11 The Sports Act Delivers: Gold in `84 12 Dr. Ferrari Was Right 13 Fear Makes Good Copy 14 The War on Drugs 15 Amphetamines for All 16 Supplements: Government-Approved Dope 17 Charlie Francis: Take It to Make It 18 DSHEA, Steroids, and Baseball's Salvation 19 If It's Inherited, Is It Cheating? 20 Moral Drift and the American Way Epilogue: The Spirt of Sport Acknowledgments Notes Index About the Author

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Spitting in the Soup offers a bitingly honest, clear-eyed look at the dirty game of doping in sports.

About the Author

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 U.S. publications like 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. VeloPress published Johnson's first book, Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life, for which Johnson was embedded for a year with the Garmin-Cervelo professional cycling team. A category II road cyclist, Mark has also bicycled across the United States twice and completed an Ironman triathlon. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, the author also has an MA and PhD in English Literature from Boston University. His other passion is surfing, which he does frequently from the home he shares with his wife and two sons in Del Mar, California.


"Johnson's book explores the history of doping in sports, going back 150 years." - Men's Journal "This may go down as the most important book on doping ever written. A fantastic work." - Red Kite Prayer "Mark Johnson is a long-time, in-the-trenches cycling journalist whose many years of reporting shine through in his book. Johnson... uses academic rigor combined with a journalist's grind-it-out research and solid, accurate writing to give us a fast-moving history." - Mike Sandrock, Daily Camera "Johnson's book shows that doping is so intertwined with sports that it will take a long time for Olympic athletes - and their federations - to quit using drugs to win." - Public Radio International's The World "Mark Johnson takes the subject of anti-doping as his focus and serves up a dose of Gladwellian counter-intuitive paradigm-shifting, challenging your perception of today's anti-doping system. . . A rewarding read" - Feargal McKay, Podium Cafe, The Top 10 Cycling Books of 2016 "In Spitting in the Soup, Mark Johnson argues that blaming only the athletes ignores larger cultural influences; teams, coaches, sports federations, and even spectators play a role. He also points to the problem of singling out the use of performance-enhancing drugs in a society in which Prozac and Adderall are prescribed routinely." - Publishers Weekly "In his new book, Spitting in the Soup, Mark Johnson dives into the history of performance-enhancing drugs and investigates the political, commercial, medical, social, and athletic currents that have shaped our attitudes toward them." - VeloNews magazine "It's readable, it's compelling, it's thought provoking. Mark Johnson will have you questioning your critical thinking skills." - David Halfpenny, Bicycles Network Australia "Spitting in the Soup is fantastic, but then you would not expect less from Mark Johnson. I am in no way a scholar of doping, but I have always figured my personal experience within the sport of cycling would qualify me as a bit of an expert in its culture of doping. Mark's book introduced me to history I didn't know and colored in a lot of story gaps elsewhere. I've always believed that cycling is more beautiful warts-and-all, with full disclosure, without revisionist history, and without plastic surgery. The topic of doping in sports is not a black-and-white issue, no matter how much so many people want it to be that simple. Spitting in the Soup only strengthens that feeling for me. Every fan of cycling should read it." - Joe Parkin, author of A Dog in a Hat and Come and Gone "Spitting in the Soup is a hard-hitting, comprehensive, and highly readable analysis of the varying societal and historical forces driving our love-hate relationship with sports and doping... It's is a fascinating book that should be of interest to anyone heavily invested in sports, whether as an athlete, coach, sport scientist, or fan." - "Spitting in the Soup takes us on a deep dive into the evolution of the problem and what it has done to the sports we love." - Dr. Mark Shapiro, Explore the Space "Suspend all your previous thoughts about Lance Armstrong, Floyd Landis, and Tyler Hamilton! Mark Johnson's new book helps us find answers to doping questions and also gives us a much more balance view of how we've come to the way we view drugs in sports today." - Outspoken Cyclist "Shocking." - Jason Saltmarsh, SaltmarshRunning .com "A good, thought-provoking read. Prepare to have your ideals challenged." Singletrack "Challenging." - 220 Triathlon "I was not sure one person could wrestle such material into a single narrative, but Johnson should feel proud and satisfied with Spitting in the Soup." - John Gleaves, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, California State University Fullerton; Co-Director of the International Network for Humanistic Doping Research; Co-Director for the Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research; Conference Chair for the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport

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