Roger Pielke reveals how sports stars break the rules in their search for a competitive edge. Both entertaining and thought-provoking, THE EDGE t only visits the battlefields in the war against cheating and corruption, but also explores ways to ensure that the spirit of sport can survive in today's high-tech, highly professional world. Drawing on controversies straight out of the headlines, Pielke looks at doping, match fixing, fake amateurism, and other ways of breaking the rules. But are those rules--and the values they reflect--hopelessly outdated? Wonderfully readable and scrupulously researched, THE EDGE blends science and journalism to produce an unforgettable account of sport in crisis.
Roger Pielke, Jr. is head of the Sports Governance Center at the University of Colorado. He is author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books. He discusses sports issues on his popular blog The Least Thing (leastthing.blogspot.com) and he's a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Financial Times, Sporting Intelligence, and the Guardian.