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Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France Kindle Edition
Lance Armstrong's War is the extraordinary story of greatness pushed to its limits; a vivid, behind-the-scenes portrait of perhaps the most accomplished athlete of our time as he vies for a historic sixth straight victory in the toughest sporting event on the planet. It is the true story of a superlative sports figure fighting on all fronts—made newly vulnerable by age, fate, fame, doping allegations, a painful divorce, and an unprecedented army of challengers—while mastering the exceedingly difficult trick of being Lance Armstrong, a combination of world-class athlete, celebrity, regular guy, and, for many Americans, secular saint.
With a new afterword by the author, featuring in-depth reporting on:
- Armstrong's unprecedented seventh consecutive Tour de France victory
- New blood doping allegations
- Armstrong's continuing personal and legal battles, and his retirement
A fascinating journey through the little-known landscape of professional bike racing, Lance Armstrong's War provides a hugely insightful look into the often inspiring, always surprising core of a remarkable athlete and the world that shapes him.
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- ASIN : B000FCK6AW
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Updated edition (March 17, 2009)
- Publication date : March 17, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 714 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #551,863 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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You know a good book when you should be doing other things and... you can't put the book down. Bills don't get paid. E-mails don't get answered. You spend too long in the bathroom. "WAR" is one of those books.
Naturally you need to have some passing fascination with the world of professional cycling. For me it was watching the Tour de France and wanting to know more about how it all worked. Daniel Coyle will lead any interested reader into a fascinating world...
An opera needs to be written about the Tour. The melodrama. The characters. The morality plays. The blood. The guts. The insanity. The money. The doping. The journey. The jeering crowds. The test. The human spirit. Victory and loss. It's all there, a nice thick juicy slice of Life! And a huge bite or two of that slice is in WAR.
On the cover of my copy Sports Illustrated has described WAS as a "literary tour de force." A bit of a snob when it comes to writing I noted to myself, (a) What would Sports Illustrated know about literature? and (b) Daniel Coyle's a SPORTS writer for God's sake!
And... the writing is wonderful. Great character sketches. You'll get all the ins and outs of race strategy, sponsorships, training. You'll see France. You'll get a great glimpse of what Bob (Bobke) Rolls calls Eurotrash. You'll love the wry humor and jaundiced eye. Just wait until you meet the Lance hangers-on, "The Dudes" and "The Bros." Be prepared to LOL.
So if you're at all curious about this fascinating world -- but, like me, are either too old or too wise not to join it (!) -- WAR is Highly Recommended. You're in for a good read.
Dr. Kirtland C Peterson
When I read Lance's Every Second Counts, I found myself wishing for the details of training, racing, and strategy that accompany Armstrong's amazing string of TdF laurels. LA's War comes through in spades. Here we learn about LA's sophisticated support apparatus - an intelligence, operations, and logistics enterprise that rivals any major corporation. Detailed accounts of previously mysterious elements in LA's band, like Dr. Michele Ferrari, add credence and interest to a very well written text.
Daniel Coyle starts the first chapter by describing his move to Girona, Spanish Mecca for U.S. riders in the European peloton - and key to writing this book. The reader can tell in every page that Coyle mixed it up elbow to elbow with the USPS team, LA's pals, and the cycling community (unlike some of Armstrong's detractors, who seem to thrive on publishing hearsay and innuendo in a shameless attempt to make money on someone else's success). Coyle addresses both sides of LA, the cancer survivor, daddy of three, and TdF icon, as well as the win at all costs mentality, the closed circle of trusted friends with numerous discards (mostly old teamates who went off in search of opportunities to win themselves), and of course the allegations of drug use (none of which have resulted in any convictions - and still no positives for LA!). On that note, Coyle did an outstanding job of describing Ferrari's role as LA "doctor", really a physician using the latest physiological research to make LA's training a science.
Whether you are a fan of Armstrong or not, you will enjoy Coyle's magnificent descriptions of bike racing, the peloton, and of course the riders. By the way, there's a lot in here about Tyler Hamilton, another famous U.S. rider accompanied by the baggage of international fame.
Get this book now - you won't put it down. A great gift for cycling fans.
What comes out is a balanced picture of Armstrong, who lords over the proceedings as a dominating force. By all accounts, this is a very, very complicated man, someone with this "huge life" (aptly put by close observers) who not only doesn't get steamrolled by this swirling mass around him but, rather, directs it, pushes it and elevates it. The essence of the Armstrong persona is captured perfectly by an early training partner who - once on the outs like so many others - says (talking of the relationship between Armstrong and mother) "It's the anger they have, that's the bad thing and the good thing, because it's what created the whole package." That's the theme Coyle adroitly mines over and over: you can't be Lance Armstrong and have a soft-edge, can't we all get along personality. You're going to break some crockery. Or, in Armstrong's case, a lot of crockery.
If you've got even a casual interest in what made and drives Lance Armstrong, Daniel Coyle's book is something you cannot skip.