Vindicated by Jose Canseco

Book Review : Vindicated

By Jose Canseco

  • Publication Date: 2008-04-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4 Score: 4 (From 24 Ratings)

Book Review

In 2005, Jose Canseco blew the lid off Major League Baseball's steroid scandal -- and no one believed him. His New York Times bestselling memoir Juiced met a firestorm of criticism and outrage from the media, coaches, clubs, and players, many of whom Canseco had personally introduced to steroids -- with a needle in the ass. Baseball's former golden boy, Rookie of the Year, onetime Most Valuable Player, and owner of two World Series rings was called a liar.

Now, steroids are back in the headlines. Record-breaking athletes are falling from grace, and the infamous Mitchell Report confirmed the names of major leaguers who have indeed used steroids while others remain under investigation. The answer is clear: Jose Canseco told the truth. And why wouldn't he? He started it all.

Finally, in Vindicated, Canseco picks up where Juiced left off, revealing details even more shocking than in his controversial first book. He spills never-before-implicated names -- arguably the biggest in the game of baseball -- and explores the mystery of one celebrated player about whom key information was suddenly excised from Juiced at the last minute. He talks candidly about what the Mitchell Report did -- and didn't -- get right, why steroid use became so rampant, and how his life has changed since he tore the lid off Pandora's box.

Lest there be any doubt about theveracity of his claims, Canseco subjected himself to three lie detector tests, one of which was conducted by a former FBI special agent and top polygraph examiner who investigated the Unabomber, Whitewater, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Transcripts of those taped interviews are also included in this straight-talking examination of the current state of baseball.

This time, he's not just out to clear his name. He's out to clean up the game.

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User Reviews

  • Jose payday

    By Spedbidactor
    This book was totally useless, I heard juiced was good, I never read it, but this book sucked, just a pay day for Jose
  • Entertaining but...

    By CoreyJPeart
    ... I. Couldn't put the book down as it is a hot subject in baseball that i wanted to dive into. Having said that, it is also a lot of self promotion of canseco, his achievements and some personal stories. It gives you a good insight into his life but is really a synopsis of his previous book juiced. It reads like a long interview more than a story. The story jumps around a bit and some of the stories seem irrelevant or miser a chance to gloat a little, but he comes off pretty factual and honest about what he is talking about. He called the A Rod thing before anyone else. The guy knows steroids but adds some personal fluff along the way.