Cycle of Lies

Cycle of Lies

The Fall of Lance Armstrong

eBook - 2014
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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 -- 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2014]
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0062277243
9780062277244
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 461 p.) : col. ill.

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mlofat
May 17, 2017

A must read. Well researched and fun. Lots of information maybe overwhelming to some but for those ho followed LA is a detailed compilation of facts.

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I bought the "snake oil" LA was selling: I bought his books , followed his races and even defended him against accusations. After the Oprah interview I felt (not betrayed as LA supposed most of us were feeling) but like a fool for drinking the Lance kool-aid and avoided any sight of the guy...Fast forward to 2017 and I ran into his podcast, which has interesting guests and it is entertaining although at times LA has a hard time listening. I decided to relive the details of the LA saga (this book, 7 deadly sins, and watch doumentaries ) to close the loop..
My 2 cents:
LA regrets nothing but being caught and was pretty much willing to do anything to win and bulldoze anybody who stood in his way. Ditching close friends that did not serve his purpose any longer did not face him either.
There was a criminal investigation in California, with LA possibly being convicted of drug distribution, mail fraud, wire fraud and witness tampering. The case was dropped, not necessarily beause of his innocence, but probably due to political pressures, long legal battles and/or jusrisdiction concerns as offenses happened in Europe.

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JackRackham19
Feb 04, 2016

As a kid who grew up worshipping Lance, this was a hard read for me; watching heroes fall is tough. However, I agree with the consensus in these comments. This book was well researched, and decently written. If I have any qualm, it would be that at times the author seems to lose objectivity because of a personal beef with Armstrong. The actual facts are damning enough, we don't need her speculation about what his taste in art has to do with it.

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dthomas6
Dec 11, 2015

Sure, everyone cheated. But was any cyclist a bigger ass than Armstrong? Geez.

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rpavlacic
Oct 18, 2014

This is a depressing book. Depressing because common sense said Lance Armstrong was cheating but his PR and sheen worked aggressively to dismiss any suggestions that he was. Two stories, however, speak to his true character. One was a charity bike ride where children were competing and he was the celebrity rider, and he purposely won to make sure none of the children did. Another was of a friend who helped him out well before the doping started and Armstrong gave him a Rolex, then when the friend was in dire straits himself Armstrong spurned him. Equally outrageous, though, was the complicity not just of the majority of the American media who weren't asking the tough questions (unlike their European counterparts), but also that of UCI, the world cycling federation, who knew about multiple positive tests at the Tour de France and other events but kept them under the rug because Armstrong meant huge ratings. Canadians who think of doping can often think of Ben Johnson, but he was an amateur compared to Armstrong's systemic and well-timed use of drugs, growth hormones and blood transfusions to stay one step ahead of the game. Simply stated, he doesn't deserve the time of day. The author was one of the few in the States who refused to buy into the hype. Here she tells how it got to where it did, and how it all came down. (Incidentally, one of the people he double crossed and who blew the whistle, was Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Dave "Tiger" Williams. Seriously.)

athompson10 Jun 18, 2014

Exhaustively researched and detailed, sometimes overwhelmingly so.

runfastread Apr 14, 2014

If you want to know what the real story of Lance Armstrong's meteoric rise and fall were really about, read Cycle of Lies...... A story about deception, bullying, and the relentless pursuit of money and fame at the expense of all that is good in humanity. A true cautionary tale and eye-opener about international sport all rolled into one almost unbelievable account!

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