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Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France

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“A velvety mix of vivid, sophisticated prose, Raymond Carver’s unerring eye for nuance, and John Irving’s irreverent, unflinching humor….An intimate look inside the maelstrom of professional cycling.”
Boston Globe


Daniel Coyne’s New York Times bestseller Lance Armstrong’s War takes a fascinating, in-depth  look at a staggeringly talented yet  flawed sports hero as he faced
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Harper Perennial (first published June 14th 2005)
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Nov 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better than Armstrong's two autobiographical books, in which you feel he is giving you just the tightly-controlled slices of information he wants to tell, and nothing else. This book is a more objective look at the man, the myth, the yellow jersey that is Lance Armstrong. There are some great details of the cycling world also --can't recall the exact terms, but the chapter on how all the riders check out each other's fitness level with the 'side-pinch' and the 'ass-check,' is hilarious, as ...more
Really good read and great insight into a very intriguing sport.

Lots of interesting characters...both riders and those who are on the side of the road. Some are good; some, not so good.

A must read for any cyclist or anyone trying to understand bicycle racing. A good read for anyone interested in exploring another aspect of the sports entertainment industry, associated worldwide organizations, and entwining politics.
Julie H.
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I started this book in honor of the Tour de France and as acknowledgment of the power of persistance. I finished it, because it was really really good. Daniel Coyle, a contributing editor for Outside magazine and author of Hardball: A Season in the Projects (a book about his experiences as a little league coach in Chicago's former Cabrini-Green housing projects), was tremendously successful at his own dance on the razors-edge of gaining access to Armstrong and many other well-known cyclists and ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
Great book. The author does not fall into the trap of hero worship of his subject matter, as happens far too often in biographies. Of course, this is somewhat a mix of biography and story of the world of professional cycling (and the 2004 Tour de France, in particular). For someone who knows little about cycling, this gave me a fascinating account of the sub-culture and demands of the sport. Of course, it also gave great insight on Armstrong. Without the proof that has come out in the past few m ...more
Sandra Strange
This nonfiction examination of Lance Armstrong’s performance in the 7th tour de France he won provides an inside look at bicycle racing and the competition it breeds. The author doesn’t just give details about Lance and what he has accomplished. The book features interviews and data about many of the major competitors. It unabashedly looks at the evidence for and against Lance’s claim never to have used performance drugs. It does, however, record the language of the participants, complete with F ...more
Oct 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cycling fans
Excellent in-depth analysis of the world of pro cycling. Daniel Coyle takes you deep inside the pro peloton giving the cycling fan unprecedented access to some of the key figures in cycling over the last ten years.
Lois Thomas
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very inspiring...Loved it~!
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sara Goldenberg
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a sweet book, certainly as it written for that time in history. ; we all know what happened and the history and the aftermath.

I enjoyed it for what it was.
Kathy Stone
This is my second book on Procycling and unfortunately it is further back in time than my previous read. There are still the allegations of doping, but since this book is focused on the 2004 Tour de France there is no substantial proof. The admittance on Oprah is very recent and that book is not written yet. It will be very interesting to read what the cycling world journalists have to say now that there has been full disclosure.

No, I still do not like the character of Lance Armstrong. He comes
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Daniel Coyle is the author of the upcoming book The Culture Code (January 2018). He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent, The Secret Race (with Tyler Hamilton), and other books. Winner (with Hamilton) of the 2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Prize, he is a contributing editor for Outside magazine, and also works a special advisor to the Cle ...more
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