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Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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“A riveting account of the Armstrong implosion...a tale right out of ancient Greece.” (Toronto Star (Canada))
“A compelling account…Cycle of Lies is a scrupulously reported and sourced book… a search for an understanding of the man behind the myth.” (New York Times)
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The definitive account of Lance Armstrong's spectacular rise and fall.
In June 2013, when Lance Armstrong fled his palatial home in Texas, downsizing in the face of multimillion-dollar lawsuits, Juliet Macur was there—talking to his girlfriend and children and listening to Armstrong's version of the truth. She was one of the few media members aside from Oprah Winfrey to be granted extended one-on-one access to the most famous pariah in sports.
At the center of Cycle of Lies is Armstrong himself, revealed through face-to-face interviews.
But this unfolding narrative is given depth and breadth by the firsthand accounts of more than one hundred witnesses, including family members whom Armstrong had long since turned his back on—the adoptive father who gave him the Armstrong name, a grandmother, an aunt. Perhaps most damning of all is the taped testimony of the late J.T. Neal, the most influential of Armstrong's many father figures, recorded in the final years of Neal's life as he lost his battle with cancer just as Armstrong gained fame for surviving the disease.
In the end, it was Armstrong's former friends, those who had once occupied the precious space of his inner circle, who betrayed him. They were the ones who dealt Armstrong his fatal blow by breaking the code of silence that shielded the public from the grim truth about the sport of cycling—and the grim truth about its golden boy, Armstrong.
Threading together the vivid and disparate voices of those with intimate knowledge of the private and public Armstrong, Macur weaves a comprehensive and unforgettably rich tapestry of one man's astonishing rise to global fame and fortune and his devastating fall from grace.
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So how does this book compare to its peers?
Macur's hard work and discipline is visible throughout. She spoke with many more witnesses to Lance Armstrong's upbringing, racing, and cheating, than in any other book of this sort. She has turned up a number of things I have not read elsewhere. Kudos to her for getting access to the tape recorded reminiscences of J T Neal, Armstrong's early supporter and surrogate father, who suffered through cancer with Lance before being abandoned by him. She is similarly the first to have spoken with John Hendershot, Armstrong's soigneur in the 1990s, and his guilt-wracked dealer in performance-enhancing drugs. There is other new material here as well; while ...Read more ›
The author of the book is Juliet Macur who is a sports reporter for The New York Times covering last ten years various sports stories connected with doping and legal issues. Previously she wrote about some other controversial subjects such as ‘Countdown to Beijing’ that brought a story about China sports world that was pushed hard in order to host the 2008 Summer Olympics and ‘In Two Arenas’ that spoke about Iraq war’s effect on sportsmen.
With ‘Cycle of Lies’ Juliet Macur set for herself the ambitious goal to write a true and interesting story about an athlete whose fate in recent years repeatedly filled newspaper columns, equally for good, as for the bad reasons. And certainly she succeeded because her 500 pages work is something that can be read in one sitting and with full right it can be said that this is a great work of investigative journalism in sports world.
Her book is divided into seven chapters, each of them, in addition to the Prologue and Epilogue, named in a provocative way – Lies of the Family, Lies of the Sport, Lies of the Media, Lies of the Brotherhood, Lies of the American Hero and finally, The Truth.
Right at the beginning of the book author gives clear guidelines from which it can be seen that she knows a lot about Armstrong and people around him - …for nearly a decade, Lance Armstrong and I have had a contentious relationship. Seven years have passed since his agent, Bill Stapleton, first threatened to sue me. Back then, I was just one of the many reporters Armstrong had tried to manipulate, charm or bully.Read more ›
It's very well written with a lot of detail and a whole cast of characters that made the decades long cheating possible, interviews with those who participated and those who wanted to end the doping in the cycling world. You travel the globe and learn about the teammates, doctors, girlfriends, money-men and racing officials who are involved.
The writer even includes her run-ins with Lance and his all too often arrogant and distasteful comments. You come away with the notion that he really is a piece of work. You also learn quite a bit about the substances and techniques that were used in the cycling world to advance and cheat. It is all written in a very thrilling and evocative way with the sources and information to back it up. If you are into crime novels and shady characters give this book a chance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. Yes, she (the author) sounds like she strongly dislikes, maybe even hates, Armstrong, and you can sense it throughout the book. Yes, she's biased. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Debbie Wilreker
Yeah, well if like Lance, you won't like him after this. I stayed with him as long as I could until I couldn't. You will learn how badly he treated people. Buy the book? Read morePublished 2 months ago by john dougherty
A terrific read outlining the scope of doping in all of cycling throughout the Armstrong years. Well researched and well written and in the end shows us Lance is unapologetic... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terry Roth
Very interesting regarding the doping. Make me wonder what goes on now as I watch the various rides. I now watch with a different perspective .Published 5 months ago by David R. Elzey
The book is interesting, but I have pretty much all the Lance Armstrong books, great stuff then later when the truth came out, bad, very bad stuff. Read morePublished 8 months ago by beemer57
Juliet Macur has written a very well researched and compelling story about how Lance hoodwinked us by denying he had been taking performance enhancing drugs for years to accomplish... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Peter Joffre Nye
Juliet Macur has uncommon insight into what makes lance tick having covered him for so long. She's not afraid to ask the hard questions and lance seems to share more freely with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by John