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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.

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I read this book 1 year after LA long awaited confession and after reading all books about this subject from David Walsh. So far I was interested, how the (Co-) author of the book "The secret race" wrote about LA and his environment in the year 2004. Honestly I expected the usual ghost writer praising about LA.

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.
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To make it clear from the start:

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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Just About Perfect 27. Juni 2005
Von bit quirky - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Daniel Coyle deserves a high place on the podium for his account of Lance Armstrong's successful attempt to win the 2004 Tour de France. Cycling fans will find the book to be like Samuel Abt on steroids, or perhaps Tom Wolfe on a bike. Coyle has even out-rolled Bob Roll, which is no mean feat. Nevertheless, there is a delicate balance at work here that won't be over the head of a casual reader.

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.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Best of It's Kind 21. Juni 2005
Von Jonathan D. Wright - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a life-long cyclist -- rode my first century ride at the age of eight and had boyhood dreams of growing up to ride in the Tour de France. I've been fascinated with the stars of the sport ever since hearing stories of Jacque Anquetil and Tom Simpson as a young boy.

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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Belly Pinch and The Ass Check 22. Juli 2005
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"In bike racing, as in poker, looking cool and impervious is the same as being cool and impervious. Racers thus spend a lot of time studying each other for what card players refer to as "tells": the imminent signs of cracking, the moment of supreme vulnerability when one good push can decide a race. Some tells are so obvious as to be considered amateurish"

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
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Phenomenal Read 26. Juni 2005
Von Training rocks - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mr. Coyle has written an outstanding book that offers a view into the world of the peleton, and into Lance Armstrong's intense world on and off the bike. I could not put the book down. As for the peleton and professional cycling, we learn about sports physiology, the brutal sport that cycling is, the various and hilarious things that go on before, during, and after training and racing, and we obtain insight into Lance's main competitors - and a tough ex-teammate of Lance's by the name of Floyd Landis. In the end, however, I was conflicted. Armstrong's greatness as a cyclist and cancer survivor and advocate is somewhat tainted by a dark side emphasized near the very end of the book. This is OK, however. No one is perfect, and lilly-white reads are often as boring as they are untrue. Mr. Coyle's presentation - in my view - is without bias or an agenda; it is not a tabloid piece, but a well-balanced presentation. This likely took some cajones on Mr. Coyle's part because Armstrong, according to many accounts, including some in the book, can be vindictive against those who write or say unflattering things about him, or imply same. Time will tell as to whether Mr. Coyle will be on Armstrong's s*&! list. In any event, Mr. Coyle's book allows the reader to draw his/her own opinions as to the epic man - Lance Armstrong.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen TRULY INSPIRATIONAL 28. Juni 2005
Von Tim Janson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I don't say Armstrong is inspirational solely based on the fact that he beat cancer. That is certainly a part of it and it gives hope to people battling that dread disease. But what is really inspirational is his incredible drive to succeed. Drive? No, drive is not the correct word. Rather what comes through in this book is Armstrong's obsession to succeed. As Armstrong prepares to try an win his sixth straight Tour de France, Author Daniel Coyle gives us a look into what makes Armstrong tick. If anything, the fact that he's won five straight times already even seems to drive him more because of the detractors who think he can't do it. He's older now, competing in a rigorous event that totally taxes the body and yet tell Armstrong he can't do it only seems to make him more determined.

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.
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