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Extraordinary; needs some editing.
on January 13, 2013
Before I get to the reasons why you should read this book, let me say I agree with a previous reviewer that this book could have done with more judicious editing. At times it becomes breathless and confusing. It reads as tho' some of it was written too hastily or to a newspaper deadline. Perhaps Walsh is by now too close to his material, tho' I find it easy to forgive him for his occasional repetitions and confusions 'cos I have only admiration for his ethical clarity, persistence, and courage. There's an immediacy and indignation in this book that I find compelling. Before reading this, I was more than convinced that Armstrong was a doper. But, to my shame, I hadn't thought through the implications of that. I had no idea of the harm he has done to cycling specifically, sport in general, and to many people--not only those who are upright and innocent, but fellow doping cyclists. Walsh has convinced me not only of Armstrong's doping, but of the individual and collective costs of doping. I am astonished at the brazenness of Armstrong and those around him, the apparent obsequiousness and cowardice of pro-cycling's governing body, and what can only be described as the appallingly craven attitude of the majority of the press. And Walsh's bromides at the UK libel laws are well aimed. I once viewed Armstrong as merely the most successful in a long list of cycling cheaters who competed with a nod and a wink on a more-or-less level playing field. I now have an idea of the dangers and costs of doping. Walsh left me with a vision of Armstrong as a sociopathic, bullying, criminal whose continuing denials can only mask a desperately sad person. This is a fascinating portrayal of an extremely sordid world.