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It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2001

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Menschen in der ganzen Welt fühlten sich von der Geschichte Lance Armstrongs inspiriert -- ein Weltklassesportler, der fast seiner Krebserkrankung erlag, um sich dann wieder völlig zu erholen und die Tour de France zu gewinnen, jenes mehrtägige Fahrradrennen, das für seine äußerst strapaziöse Intensität berühmt ist. Der Texaner Armstrong ist ein Sportler durch und durch, und die Veränderungen, die seine Krankheit in seinem Leben bewirkt hat, sind erstaunlich und beeindruckend. Dennoch ist er nicht daran interessiert, als Held aufzutreten.

Auch wenn sein Vokabular ein wenig machohaft daherkommt, seine Aktionen sind dazu geeignet, die abgebrühtesten Seelen dahinschmelzen zu lassen: eine Krebsstiftung und ein Benefiz-Radrennen, sein erstaunliches Engagement beim Training, das ihn unzählige Hürden überwinden ließ, seine Treue den Menschen und Unternehmen gegenüber, die nie den Glauben an ihn verloren hatten. Das Buch geht sehr ins medizinische Detail, was für empfindliche Seelen möglicherweise zu viel des Guten sein könnte. Von der Chemotherapie über chirurgische Eingriffe bis hin zur künstlichen Befruchtung seiner Frau -- Ihnen wird kein Röntgenbild, kein Infusionsapparat und keine unangenehme Nebenwirkung erspart.

Sportler und Trainer auf der ganzen Welt werden bei den Ausführungen über seine Trainingsmühen vom gleichen Detailreichtum profitieren -- jede schmerzende Sehne, jeder verregnete Nachmittag und jeder noch so kleine Triumph während seiner langen Erholungsphase wird hier lebhaft beschrieben. It's Not About the Bike ist der perfekte Titel für dieses Buch über Leben, Tod, Krankheit, Familie, Rückschläge und Triumphe (und eben nicht unbedingt über das Fahrrad). --Jill Lightner -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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“Beautiful… It is a book for sports fans and sports haters, for cycling enthusiasts and those who haven’t ridden a bike since childhood, for cancer patients and the healthiest of the healthy, for anyone who has ever overcome odds…It’s not about the bike, or about the sport. It’s about the soul.”—Cincinnati Enquirer

“Lance Armstrong does things in a big way. Other people write books about the long road back from cancer, or the physical and emotional trauma of infertility, or the experience of growing up without a father, or the determination it takes to win the most important bicycle race in the world. Armstrong lays claim to all of it, and the result is a pretty terrific book…Armstrong’s book is both inspiring and entertaining. He doesn’t whine, doesn’t sugar-coat the tough parts and doesn’t forget to thank the good people who helped him most along the way.”—Denver Rocky Mountain News

“A disarming and spotless prose style, one far above par for sports memoirs.”—Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating.”—The New York Times

“Lots of drama…an inspirational story.”—People

“Absolutely absorbing…compelling.”—Denver Post

“It’s about far more than just the bike.”—San Antonio Express-News

“Stirring.” —Buffalo News

“A good, emotional, genuine story, eloquently woven by two master storytellers: Mr. Armstrong, with his honesty and detail, and Ms. Jenkins, for the artists’ polish she paints on his narrative… The description of the brutal ride into the French town Sestriere (a major Tour hurdle) is as good a piece of sportswriting as you’ll find, and the perfect climax for a fast story…captivating.” —Cincinnati Enquirer

“[This] is a book with an engaging frankness that reaches readers who’d never be interested in the gear-combination mathematics that engage zealous cyclists…a book that anyone who’s been confronted by cancer, personally or through a friend or relative, should read.” —Denver Post

“The descriptions of his sport, especially of his Tour victory, are gripping.” —St. Petersburg Times

“An all-American story…inspirational.” —Booklist

“The best biography of a cyclist I’ve ever read. Lance’s voice comes through in a way I’ve not seen in print before.” —Bill Strickland, Bicycling Magazine

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6 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 29. August 2003
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Dieses Buch ist nicht nur eine herkömmliche Biographie sondern ein sensationelles Motivationsmedium. Armstrong beschreibt seinen Aufstieg, den großen Fall durch seine Krankheit und seine "Wiederauferstehung". Durch dieses Buch habe ich gelernt motivierter, kämpferischer und noch zuversichtlicher durchs Leben zu gehen!
Danke Lance
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Steven L. Sheffield am 22. Mai 2000
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As an autobiography, Lance's story is one of the best that I've read, although he plays a little fast and loose with the facts regarding bike racing and his career. I found a few inaccuracies, (such as when he stated he won the 1995 Clasica San Sebastian before the 1995 Tour, when in reality the Spanish race is in August or September, while the Tour de France takes place in July).
These minor inaccuracies do nothing to detract from the far more powerful and more important part of his story, which is his struggle with testicular cancer, how he met and married his wife, and fathered a child, in addition to overcoming his disease and callous French employers and journalists who first thought he was finished as a professional cyclist, and when he proved that he wasn't, accused him of using drugs. Lance overcame all of these to win the 1999 Tour de France, 10 years after Greg LeMond's (the only other American to win the Tour) own incredible comeback after being shot and nearly losing his life in a hunting accident.
Like the title says, "It's not about the bike." This story should prove to be inspiring not only for bike riders and racers, but for cancer patients and anyone who has overcome ultimate adversity to achieve a dream.
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3 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Chad Spivak am 2. Juli 2000
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I had and beat testicular cancer just like Lance Armstrong, so I could truly relate to the incredible obstacles that he described in his amazing book.
This sincerely is an amazing story. I just wish I could have read it when I was going through my intense radiation treatments in my recovery, because I feel it would have made things easier for me. In his book, Armstong brings this disease into the public view, and allows people to see that it truly doesn't have to be a part of death, but, in fact, a part of life.
There are many stories within the book. His childhood, his attitudes towards his father figures, his early racing career, his battle with cancer, the stuggle to get back on top of his game, his love life, and, his extemely personal march towards fatherhood. Each and every one of these minor stories gives an overall inspirational journey into Lance Armstrong's remarkable life.
The writing is nicely detailed and allows for a good, easy-flowing read. The racing-scenes are action-packed, and make you feel as if you are right there on the bike with him. Armstong tells his tale using candid language and relates his stories of life with honesty and a pure heart. This book is a true inspiration to anyone. Please read this book. You cannot go wrong.
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This book offers so much brutal honesty that you will not be able to put it down (I finished it within 8 hours of starting it). I never much cared for Armstrong (and his over confidence) early on in his career, but I have to count myself among his many admirers now. His climb from cancer to to the top of the podium in Paris is remarkable, but that is a nearly insignificant portion of the story. If you are a fan of his work, though, you will granted some very candid and enlightening views into the maturing and development of a world class athlete.
In a time when superstar athletes get away with murder and have no appreciation for their good fortune, Armstrong sings a very different song. You may or may not become a fan of cycling after you read this book, but you can't help being a fan of the man. You might think, as I did, that this book was simply a well spun public relations event, but when you read the intimate and graphic accounts of his chemo treatments and the various medical procedures that were performed you quickly realize that this was not done to put the guy on a pedestal. It was done to show the devastating, human side of cancer. And yet despite all of that the message that prevails is that we, even in our worst times, still need to have hope and that we have so much to be thankful for. You will never look at this man or the disease in the same way again.
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Lance Armstrong in his book recounts the transformation that happened in his life out of finding out at age 25 that he had very advanced testicular cancer. Incredibly, he was able to beat very unfavorable odds and come through cancer free. The cancer in his case seems to have worked as a tool that helped him transform and wake up to the richness of his life. He discovered how loved and supported he was by his family and friends, he discovered and was able to appreciate the dedication and incredible talent of others who collaborated to save his life, he discovered his inner resources and his passion for living, he rediscovered his love for the Bike which he was taking for granted... Out of this experience he won the Big Price: Huge professional success and a very fulfilling and loving marriage. If you are interested in transformational experiences and in discovering the state of being where success, love, satisfaction, self expression and aliveness reside, I highly recommend that you also read the book WORKING ON YOURSELF DOESN'T WORK by Ariel and Shya Kane. This book is a gem and it delivers all the keys to personal transformation and enlightenment. I highly recommend it to anybody who, like Lance Armstrong, is willing to challenge the limits of what we think it is possible to make happen in our lives.
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