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Lance Armstrong: Tour De Force Hardcover – June 6, 2005

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'Lance Armstrong is one of those few cyclists whose fame transcends the limits of his sport.' BBC News 'His world is not only that of cycling, it is the world of American celebrity: of Super Bowl parties with Elton John, weekends at Kevin Costner's house, lunch with Brad Pitt.' Observer Praise for the US edition entitled Armstrong's War 'An intimate, insightful, unflinching look at the greatest athlete of our time. Daniel Coyle has given us a hugely entertaining, nuanced portrait of a larger-than-life figure and his turbo-charged world. I couldn't put the book down.' Jon Krakauer, author of the bestselling Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air, and Into the Wild

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Dan Coyle was born in Nome, Alaska. A former Editor of Outside magazine in the States, he is one of the most respected magazine journalists in his native country, having contributed feature articles to the likes of Men's Journal, Esquire and Sport's Illustrated. His writings have ranged from an interview with cyclist Tyler Hamilton to a profile of the captain of the Exxon Valdez, for which he was shortlisted for the National Magazines Award for Feature Writer of the Year in 1990. He has also had two books published (fiction and non-fiction titles) and currently lives in Girona, Spain.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsWillow (June 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007191839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007191833
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,235,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Coyle is the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Race, The Little Book of Talent, The Talent Code, Lance Armstrong's War, Hardball: A Season in the Projects and the novel Waking Samuel. He is a former editor at Outside Magazine and a two-time National Magazine Award finalist, and his work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Ohio and Alaska with his wife, Jen, and their four children.

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Looking back, this is probably a fair report. Mr. Coyle was clearly fascinated by the race and a little bit caught up by Lance Armstrong's aura. I think he did a credible job of reporting the facts, and hinting around the doping issues even while no evidence existed (YET). Reading between the lines a bit, I don't think he fully bought in.
Most other books written around this time bought the whole Lance Armstrong "miracle" story. Without addressing any of the other issues involved.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NSMY on October 13, 2012
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As Lance Armstrong's War was mostly positive in the authors eyes and The Secret Race was very damning in his eyes, Lance Armstrong tour de force (this books full title) is right in between. Coyle was given over a years access to the most intimate aspects of Lance Armstrong's life. Pretty much nothing was off limits. You can see that the author writes about all the behind the scene stuff ( which is a lot of nice info and tidbits about Lance that weren't regurgitated like in other books). But this book is the start of Colye's footnotes. You can tell that even though he is a fan of Lance, his views are starting to cast doubt in this 2004 book about his 6th Tour De France win. It's almost like he was side eyeing Armstrong and peeking around corners the whole time he was taking note for the book, trying to catch him at something dishonest (he didn't -even with virtually unprecedented access).

Basically, If you're a Lance fan and you have every other book out there besides this one, you should get it. This has to be in the top 3 books about Lance Armstrong that Lance himself did not write.

I hope this helps.
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