I was given a copy of this book through a Goodreads firstreads giveaway.
I won this book prior to Lance Armstrong's admission to doping, but didn't reaI was given a copy of this book through a Goodreads firstreads giveaway.
I won this book prior to Lance Armstrong's admission to doping, but didn't read it until afterward. I was one of those faithful fans that hoped (more than I believed, at the end) Lance was indeed clean. With the knowledge that Hamilton's story was going to be a truthful expose on doping in professional cycling, I dove headfirst into this book.
The story of a good man's descent into cheating is sad, but apparently very common in this sport, as it seems that literally all of the major players were doping to some degree. I'm glad that Tyler has had a chance to tell his story and that he is being honest with himself and with the world. I remember watching the Tour de France three summers in the late 90's and seeing Indurain, Riis, and Ullrich get their wins (the final one for Indurain, and the only ones for the other two). I also watched the first 2 of Armstrong's wins. I wasn't able to watch much of the rest of Lance's wins, but tried to keep track of how he was doing. Looking back after knowing what the top riders were doing in each of those races makes me sad more than angry. To think that a professional sport could allow itself to get so far beyond the normal rules is shocking at first glance.
What Tyler's narrative shows us, though, is just how much our human nature to compete and win can do to push us beyond what we might normally find acceptable. Those with the strength of character to stay clean or quit the sport were far fewer than those who fell victim to the pressure to cheat.
I won't belabor this too much, as Hamilton does a much better job of getting this message across that I can do here. This book is very good and tells a story that anyone who cares about cycling (or anyone who wants to learn more about doping or PEDs) should read.
I'll take one last moment to say that this almost didn't get 5 stars because there are times that the writing was a little difficult to get through. Some passages are written poorly and are hard to understand, even after re-reading. These weren't frequent, but happened often enough that I felt them worth mentioning....more
This is something completely new to me. Chuck took what was one of my favorite books and said to me, "It's better now, come read it again". Okay, so hThis is something completely new to me. Chuck took what was one of my favorite books and said to me, "It's better now, come read it again". Okay, so he wasn't talking to just me, but to all readers. I thought the new format was pretty interesting. He explains in the introduction why he originally wanted the book set up this way and a little about how this has happened now. In general, his explanation makes sense and the format seems to accomplish what Chuck says he wanted.
The story itself still managed to surprise me at times, even though I'd read it before. I can't remember now if these are all things that I'd read before and forgotten or whether maybe he'd added them in for this version. Either way, the book felt fresh to me, which was a relief, as I'd feared it would not.
The characters were still just as tragic and funny as before and the crazy way they acted and treated each other didn't change. I won't go into any specific details, as I don't like spoilers.
Overall, I'm glad I "re-read" this book. It was great!...more
This book was really, really, good. At times, the 80's references became a little tedious to me, but that just goes to illustrate how much influence oThis book was really, really, good. At times, the 80's references became a little tedious to me, but that just goes to illustrate how much influence one person can have in our culture.
I don't like spoilers, so I'll just say that as a gamer who has played some of the classics (not religiously) and also enjoyed more modern platforms (including MMORPGs), this was a great story. It was interesting to watch the games within games contained here and the social commentary was very appropriate for the current world, and may be even more appropriate as we continue into the 21st century.
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys computer and video games. I plan to read more of Cline's work if/when it is published....more