264 of 281 people found the following review helpful
What an amazing book!,
By A Customer
This review is from: It's Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life (Hardcover)
I'm a woman. I'm not a cyclist. I've never had cancer. I read mostly fiction. But this book absolutely blew me away. So much more than an athlete bio, this is a wonderfully told, brilliantly written story of a real American hero. The play-by-play cycling coverage is fascinating even to a non-cyclist and the detailed discussion of Lance's illness, treatment, and recovery is beyond inspiring. The look inside Lance's childhood, his love life, his amazing journey into fatherhood, and his role as a cancer activist is what brings the whole story home. So much more than a story of athletic achievement and cancer recovery, this is a story about triumph of the human spirit. I can't wait to root for Lance in this year's Tour de France and in the Olympics. Hopefully we'll be cheering him to victory for years to come. I have been talking about this book to anyone who will listen to me. Listen to me. Buy the book. You will not want to put it down. It is a story you will never forget.
Tracked by 1 customer
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-6 of 6 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jul 4, 2009 11:59:25 AM PDT
J. W. family says:
I am also a woman and not a cyclist. But my take-home message from this book is totally different. Lance is a self-absorbed jerk who is self-entitled and has a mean streak. Only after I finished the book did I learn of his infidelity and dishonorable behavior in recent years, but the personality basis for it come in loud and clear in the book! If you have to read this book, borrow it from the library-- it is not something I would want to own and Lance is someone I would avoid supporting his money entitlement at all cost. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2010 8:04:19 AM PDT
Scott Alcott says:
I'm Not Lance!: A Cancer Experience and Survival Guide for Mere Mortals This is for ordinary people and their supporters fighting cancer. I wrote it for the rest of us. I donate ALL to a patient-support cancer charity. Rave reviews here on amazon and from critics.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2012 6:31:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2012 6:32:08 PM PDT
D. A. Broder says:
He is also a liar, serial cheater and dope fiend. His former wife has testified that she kept his EPO in the refrigerator next to the butter. Do not buy anything from this guy. The world now hates this disingenuous American Hero.
Posted on Oct 23, 2012 6:32:36 PM PDT
D. A. Broder says:
Massive American Phony. Don't buy this garbage.
Posted on Feb 14, 2013 8:28:23 AM PST
Richard Mahony says:
" I read mostly fiction." Couldn't have put it better myself - and that's why you loved this book.
Posted on Jun 13, 2013 2:46:35 PM PDT
T. Tuohy says:
Had I read this book at the same time as this woman I would probably have felt the same. The real American cycling heros though were those who tried to avoid doping but were bullied out of the way by Lance taking advantage of the fact that he'd recovered from cancer - a cancer that was, arguably, brought about by his doping in the first place. His cancer may have been cured but the damage he has caused to so many people in the sport is irrepairable
‹ Previous 1 Next ›