Jose Canseco was a true record breaker and a baseball 'rock star' that earned him high honors and a lifestyle many envied in MLB. Now with his career over and his monies dwindling (don't think he is truly poor for one moment), he does what any famous retiree does - he gets someone to help him write his memoirs. There is a big difference in Canseco's book compared to other 'tell-alls'. He shamelessly "outs" other players who used steroids and Human Growth Hormones and brags about injecting them. He was the 'supplier'. To be fair, if he didn't do it, someone else would have. The difference is despite his shameless arrogance and lack of remorse, he provides no advice for younger athletes on the serious, long-term health dangers of steroid abuse. Instead, he glamorizes the 'drugs' showing how well they served him. The bold font of this easy read shows that he is appealing to younger readers (do you think it was for the older generations?) That also helps to increase the physical volume of the book. Call it 'juicing the tome. The only thing I brought from this book is the wonder of which athletes would have been the "best that they could be" if they used no steroids. It might have been just the same, as so many have used since. In any event, for perspective one needs to think back to Babe Ruth. He was crass and mean as well, but was a killer athlete that earned his trophies with his real muscles. I suggest getting the book at the library. It's a very fast read and you won't need to spend a dime.
Jose Canseco was a legend in his day. Then came the performance enhancing drugs. This book showed his view on the PEDS and how they helped him develop his "awesome" power. He showed why he thinks that the PEDS are a great thing, It was also a "name and shame" book for alot of the baseball players of his era. Anybody remember Mark McGuirre? either way its worth a read if you remember the late 80's and 90's baseball.
If you disliked Jose Canseco in anyway you will hate him after reading this. The more you read Juiced the more you get the picture of a rat. Throw in arrogance and a 'everyone is against me' mentality and you pretty much have the character of the man. The hype surrounding the book is one of its few good points and you do gasp at some of the big names that appear in it taking steroids but a lot of it is lost in the self righteous writing. Read it too find out what the hypes about, but don't expect much!