- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: Updated (13. April 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0061783714
- ISBN-13: 978-0061783715
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2,3 x 20,3 cm
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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 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. April 2010
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“Superbly written [and] deeply researched. A complete portrait of Armstrong.” (VeloNews)
Lance Armstrong's War is the extraordinary story of greatness pushed to its limits; a vivid behind-the-scenes portrait of perhaps the most accomplished athlete of our time as he competes in the toughest sporting event on the planet. The incomparable will to win that famously lifted Armstrong beyond his humble Texas roots, beyond cancer, and to unparalleled heights of success is revealed by acclaimed journalist Daniel Coyle in new and startling dimensions. It is the true story of a superlative sports figure fighting on all fronts -- made newly vulnerable by age, fate, fame, doping allegations, a painful divorce, and an unprecedented army of challengers -- while mastering the exceedingly difficult trick of being Lance Armstrong, a combination of world-class athlete, celebrity, regular guy, and, for many Americans, secular saint.
A fascinating journey through the little-known landscape of professional cycling, Lance Armstrong's War provides a hugely insightful look into the often inspiring, always surprising core of a remarkable athlete and the world that shapes him.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I was really surprised that the author gave a personal reflection about his involvement in the 2004 Tour de France circus of Armstrong. With irony and facts he leaves the doping decision open to the reader. I also appreciated, that the author tells about LA contemporary greatest rivals and most important teammates. Even 20 years later a very entertaining book.
I am a devoted fan of L.A., the athelete, cancer survivor and founder of the LAF. I am (or rather: have been until I read this book), however, not very much in awe when it comes to L.A.'s personality (as displayed on TV screen - granted, that's probably just one side of any person anyway), neither when we talk about Armstrong books written by himself.
This being said, I started LA's War with an open mind, ready for new facts and details about HIMself and U.S,. Postal. But also ready for some whincing about really awkward or plain embarrassing statements. And ready for a book written in probably poor semantic style.
Surprise - it was a lot different than I thought, and luckily so:
1. It certainly makes a difference in language, and thus in reading joy, if a cyclist (ghostwriter?) or a journalist (here: Daniel Coyle) is writing a book about the world and champions of cycling. Relief!
2. The book underscores what has been written often, especially during the last two years or so: Lance Armstrong sure is a very straightforward guy (sometimes misinterpreted as "simple"), but also a very complex personality. For sure it would be anything but easy to be around him - but it would sure be extremely exciting and very inspiring in a lot of senses, not just regarding sports and attitude of a sportsman.
3. I did not expect to read all those rather detailed bios on other cyclists of the 2002/2003 TdF Peloton --- that was an extra goodie of "Lance Armstrong's War" to get these information about Tyler Hamilton, Alexandre Vinokourov, the US view on Jan Ullrich's annual slow start into the season - you name it.
All in all: No big book in terms of style, language and so forth.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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He has a wonderful writing style that rollicks along without being over the top. There are serious, compelling moments and others that are nothing short of hilarious, like the belly-pinch, the ass check and the Belgie woof-shrug. Now and again we encounter a perfect pearl of prose, as when an apparently emaciated Iban Mayo climbs onto a tiny bike and quickly melds with it into a magical, lissome and powerful thing that stuns spectators into a reverent silence.
For much of the book we get the idea that Armstrong's world is one in which nothing can go wrong and everything is above taint and suspicion. He is an all-seeing, all-knowing, implacable and virtuous master of the universe. Even the notorious Dr. Ferrari gets an exculpatory portrait. He makes an appearance, not with the mysterious super-dope that much of Europe believes he is giving Armstrong, but with a piece of cheese. And a very nice cheese at that. Nothing to worry about there.
As he approaches the finish, though, Coyle gives us something much more nuanced. He takes up the allegations of Walsh and Ballester, however unsubstantiated, as well as those of Mike Anderson, Armstrong's former personal assistant. He describes the bitter split with Floyd Landis and provides perhaps the only first-person account of Armstrong's on-bike intimidation of Fiippo Simeoni. Most telling of all is the picture of Armstrong's obsession with the "trolls" who bedevil him with criticism and allegations of impropriety.
Still, there is little danger that Coyle will be branded as one of the trolls. This is a book that Armstrong should be very pleased with: a superb and laudatory portrait of a driven man who has become perhaps the greatest of the many great champions of the Tour.
Daniel Coyle has certainly captured the mad subculture of cycling in all its rich variation and humanity. His book "Lance Armstrong's War" is not so much a Lance Armstrong book as it is a psycho-sociologic essay on this beautifully insane sport. It is evident that Coyle did his homework as the details are convincing and relevant, and his characterizations of the key players, Armstrong, Hamilton, Ullrich, Landis et. al. ring true. Many such books are afraid to become fully immersed in the cycling world for fear of alienating the larger audience of the general population. Coyle, however, draws the reader into that world, explaining and defining the slang, the nuances, the tactics, the traditions, as needed. In so doing he has created a book that will be as entertaining and thought-provoking for the cycling aficionado as for the casual fan who only knows Lance's face from Subaru ads.
Finally, I consider this the best cycling book of its kind because of the author's apparent lack of an editorial agenda. This is written as a somewhat bibliographic narrative, just reporting the facts as perceived and experienced by the author. I contrast it with William Fotheringham's excellent book about Tom Simpson "Put Me Back On My Bike", which suffered from a need to draw some sort of moral or make conclusions for the reader. Daniel Coyle's book mirrors its subject in that it is what it is. You will either fall in love with it or be indifferent, you will either "get it" or you won't. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that the inner cycling slang and terminology sort of takes over the text by the end of the book, apparently the author is presuming that everyone who reads that far will "get it". Sometimes the hipness gets in the way.
I heartily recommend this book for all cycling fans and for anyone else who wants to try to understand either the Tour de France phenomenon better or its enigmatic superstar, Lance Armstrong.
The tells that were discussed in this book that I thought were the most fun were the tells that occurred on the first day of the European race, the Tour of Murcia. The belly pinch is one. Under the guise of a handshake, a rival or coach will grasp the target's hand, and tug them forward twisting their bodies lightly for access to their belly, to test for fat. The ass check is more of an art. You look from a distance. Riders in top form have asses that become small and vaguely feminine. After a while you have your rival memorized, what is big for them, small and somewhere in the middle.
These facts, these are the ones that make this book so valuable and so readable. I have been reading this book during the 2005 Le Tour. I now know the real Lance, his rivals and teammates, his loves, his mother, his step-fathers, his children, his friends, his likes and dislikes and so much information about the Le Tour 2004. This book has given credence to my love of Lance Armstrong as a Cancer Survivor, cyclist and all American hero.
Daniel Coyle, the author, has been able to find the right touch; to discuss what Lance Armstrong is all about. And, he has also allowed us into the inner world of the racing cyclist. Just what happens on tour? How do the cyclists prepare? What does it take to be a world class cyclist, and the best cyclist in the world? He has been given access into the inner workings of Le Tour teams. He has provided us with data and statistics of what cyclists endure. Is a cyclist like Lance Armstrong born with the talent or does he have to train his entire life. How does someone overcome this mystique, and how does one answer the questions of doping?
We learn of the lives of Le Tours major players; Jan Ullrich, Tyler Hamilton, Alexandre Vinokourov, Iban Mayo, John Landis and Basso. Why is Lance Armstrong called the greatest athlete of our time? How does Sheryl Crowe measure up with Le Tour group? Linda Armstrong, what is her role, and how has she helped to shape this man we love?
What about the injuries, how does one protect themselves against harm? And, Le Tour, what are the stages, how does a Peleton work, what about the Pyrenees and the Alps? What does Le Tour mean in Europe, and why are not more Americans as enthralled as we are with our hero, Lance Armstrong, and our love of the cycling sport?
"The average pro cyclist will pedal far enough in training each year to encircle the globe. The daily metabolic rate of a Tour de France cyclist exceeds that of Everest climbers and comes close to matching the highest rates found in any other animal species." Does this impress you as it does me? Then this book is for you. I have found this book the most informative and most fun read of any Le Tour book or any Lance Armstrong book.
So highly recommended, I have given books to friends and family. prisrob
Coyle shadowed Armstrong throughout his training and preparation for the 1994 Tour de France to give the world insight into a guy who despite his success, is still largely unknown to the world at large. We think of Armstrong for this one period of the year and then he disappears from our thoughts until the next race. Coyle also brilliantly focuses the spotlight on some of Armstrong's chief rivals so we can try and view him through their eyes, and what the feel about this man. It's quite a fascinating story, and most of it all new to me.