Roger Clemens and his journey through the legal system in the aftermath of his alleged steroid usage has been a long and complicated story covered by multiple news outlets. American Icon, a book by a group of investigative reports from the New York Daily News, attempts to cull everything into one source.

The book is a good attempt at bringing everything together, but if you're looking for new information, this probably isn't something that would interest you. I remembered many of the events written about in this book while reading and there are no earth-shattering revelations made.


Knopf, 464 pages
The writers take a couple of shots at the Houston Chronicle for not being tougher on Clemens while he was with the Astros, but there could be just as many fingers pointing back toward them about several current and former Yankees who were linked to steroid use, but the New York Daily News rarely, if ever, broke those stories. It seems odd they would do this.

If you're looking for information about players other than Clemens, you should also look elsewhere. American Icon is written with only one player in its crosshairs. The evidence they bring is pretty damning toward Clemens and they build a persuasive case the Clemens did use performance enhancing substances, but, once again, the information has largely been collected from many different sources.

This is definitely a nice read if you want something comprehensive on Clemens and steroids, but if you've already made up your mind on his innocence or guilt, as I think many in the public have done, then American Icon isn't really worth too much.

AHP Rating: 2 Balls writes its book reviews with the following rating scale in mind:Four Balls: An exceptional book that truly earns a walk straight to the local book store to get a copy.Three Balls: This book stands out from its peers and is highly recommended.Two Balls: A book worth reading/owning and is usually above average.
One Ball: This book has something to say but is nothing special.