As Lance Armstrong s precipitous fall from grace continues, New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur takes the reader behind the scenes to bring to life the astonishing twists and turns of the scandal that has rocked the world of cycling With unprecedented access to the key players in the drama from his fellow cyclists and top cycling officials to doctors, trainers aAs Lance Armstrong s precipitous fall from grace continues, New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur takes the reader behind the scenes to bring to life the astonishing twists and turns of the scandal that has rocked the world of cycling With unprecedented access to the key players in the drama from his fellow cyclists and top cycling officials to doctors, trainers and wives Cycle of Lies reveals how he built a fortress of people around him to protect his image and upend the lives of anybody who stood in his way.
A gripping and extensively researched documentation of one of sporting's greatest scandals. Macur goes back to the very beginning and is merciless in her takedown of Lance Armstrong's exhaustively detailed narrative, one that positioned him not only as a winner but a hero and inspiration to cancer survivors the world over. He lied, he cheated, he bullied and he ruined lives, and Macur wants everyone to know that. There's a touch of the "dancing on his grave" about the book, which may sit uncomfo [...]
This is a riveting account of Lance Armstrong’s meteoric rise and even faster fall, exploring the intersection of physicality, ambition, and deception. A must-read for all sports fan.
Cycle of Lies is an amazing account of just how far back the deception in the Armstrong myth goes (childhood it would seem). It’s just one jaw-dropper after another. Big props to Macur for not letting go of this epic tale and for managing the divergent stories. We’d all still be clueless about Lance if not for journalists like her. Thanks also go to a long line of embittered people betrayed over the years—it’s a tragicomedy in that sense. I can’t imagine where the screenwriters will be [...]
I read this book from the perspective of a long time cycling fan. I was generally ambivalent about Armstrong as a rider (too boring), but I've never been bothered by the doping. It's always been part of the sport at the professional level and it always will be.From that perspective, this book is OK despite it's questionable premise that Armstrong was uniquely malevolent. It opens weakly, with a section about Armstrong's childhood and mother that is spiteful and uninteresting. The book continues [...]
A little background on me ~ I'm a fan of bike racing and I've been a fan at least 10 years before anyone had ever heard of Lance Armstrong, grew up watching Greg Lemond (the 1989 time trials with Lemond and Fignon - if there's a more exciting 15 minutes of sports I don't know what it is). I've always known Lance was a bad guy, what he did to Lemond was reprehensible and the list only starts there, but a part of me has always looked up to him for what he overcame and what he did for people living [...]
When Lance Armstrong publicly admitted to doping, I thought, wow, this is big. It wasn't until I read this book, that I realized what a first, class, self-centered jerk Mr. Armstrong was and still is. If his so fans knew the real person, they would not be sadden, he wasn't and isn't the hero every thought he was. I loved the book and would highly recommend it.
First of all, bravo to Macur, not only for her excellent job of journalism here, but for having the balls to stand up to Armstrong's cocky insistence, "You can write what you want, but your book is called Cycle of Lies? That has to change!" Evidently, the fallen, self-aggrandizing demigod is still juiced up on a cocktail of arrogance, bullying, moral relativism, and egotism. I'm more fascinated than disgusted -- as long as I don't have a full stomach. I'm also fascinated by Pete Rose, Bernie Mad [...]
There's not much more that can be said in addition to what the public already knows about the lack of character and vicious, vengeful personality of Lance Armstrong.As to the book itself, Macur doesn't really provide any new insight into the fall from grace of Lance Armstrong that David Walsh didn't already cover in greater detail with his books "From Lance to Landis" and "Seven Deadly Sins".The only new or unexplored topics I gathered from this book are a more in-depth look into his childhood a [...]
The collective good will left for Lance Armstrong could fill a thimble. How he arrived here from the heights of fame is the story of this book.With the aid of extensive research and interviews with many but not all of the major characters in his life, the author presents the story of a man whose desire to win overpowered repeatedly his aversion to risk. Lance recognized the risk to his reputation and his health associated with taking PEDs, but he and his team expertly managed that. What they ult [...]
Lance needs help. He has some sort of social disorder/Munchhausen's syndrome. I cannot say enough negative things about him. What I can say though, is unlike most of America, I considered him a jerk all along hiding behind his cancer survivor label. Macur details, and pulls no punches of his bullying of his teammates, his bribes of officials, his threats to sponsors, and the greed of retailers who let it go on for so long because he was profitable.
For those who have followed this story closely, there is not much new here, but if you'd like a good overview this is a great place to start. My only complaint is that there did not seem to be much of her hours of interviews with Armstrong himself.
Cycle of Lies, by Juliet Macur, is one in an ever-growing series of books concerning post-confession Lance Armstrong, famous cyclist, cancer survivor, philan-…oh, you know all this? Well, let’s just get to the meaty stuff, then, shall we? If the public keeps buying books belonging to this burgeoning one-man sports fraud revelation industry, he keeps getting enough money to keep paying his very remarkably wealthy lawyers (who have done well regardless of Lance’s lost revenue, fled sponsors, [...]
I listened to the audiobook and, wow. This is a truly scathing portrait of Armstrong and all he did to cover his drug use during his career. It would be hard for anyone to convince me that the author didn't take some measure of pride in being able to expose who Armstrong really was. Despite that obvious slant, it never came across as withholding of any truth that might make the reader feel sympathetic toward him.My impressions were: 1) What's the moral/ethical foundation for government agencies [...]
Wow, you will not believe nd dangerous sport of cycling. This book covers the culture of professional cycling, from the 1960's to the present. Through the years, cyclists have gone to bizarre and dangerous extremes - using every kind of drug imaginable and intricate doping schemes (to get around mandatory testing) - to win.Lance Armstrong took for granted the cheating and doping as part of the sport and the path to victory.I always thought it highly unlikely for one person to win the Tour de Fra [...]
Dit boek is geen wielerboek maar een goed voorbeeld van wat onderzoeksjournalistiek kan opleveren. Het is een ontluisterende uiteenrafeling van de vele onwaarheden die Lance Armstrong ooit heeft verteld. En schetst daarbij een mooi portret van deze man inclusief de op momenten hypocriete houding van grote sponsoren van sportevenementen. Daarbij is ook op een nauwgezette wijze beschreven hoe lastig het is voor klokkenluiders om het gevecht aan te gaan met machtige organisaties die zowel veel geld [...]
Wow, this guy's arrogance and lack of accountability are impressive. Macur is a great writer - she really captures Armstrong's sociopathic personality and relentless need to win at all costs. And he cooperated because he thought she would write a sympathetic book about him - he really is a delusional narcissist. I would give the book 4 stars, but the subject matter is so disgusting and weird that it left me depressed.
Ohh man what a book shows conclusively how all those 7 Tour De France victories were a farce how lance was the ringbearer for the most sophisticated and systematic drug program orchestrated ever in cycling How he could lie to the world on its face about being clean while he was cheating , cheating being an understatement , the american public, the cycling enthusiasts and his loyal fans
Cycle of Lies is a well-reported chronicle of PED use in the fraternity of competitive cycling. Lance Armstrong comes off as a narcissistic bully--the strongest cyclist by far in a sport wracked by cheating and fraud. Juliet Macur writes well, but the book's subject matter was distasteful. The fictional Lance Armstrong was a superhero. The real Lance Armstrong is a sad, altogether flawed man now suffering the consequences of a career based on lies.
Holy Cow Lance Armstrong is crazy!It's amazing that he thinks he didn't cheat just because everyone else was cheating. But he's so intense on his campaigns against people he believed "wronged" him. Ugh. It's sad how many people believed in him and he just let them all down. Well researched account of how it all went down.
Wow. I am truly amazed at the story of Lance Armstrong. Juliet Macur certainly does her research and this is an interesting and fairly quick read through the life of Armstrong. It is also an eye-opening glimpse (at least for me) in the world of cycling and doping. I enjoyed this bookbut it is also disappointing to read about someone I used to think so highly about.
Mesmerizing read. Very dirty sport from decades ago but Lance was the evil kingpin of heavy doping. The Tour de France is not possible without doping it seems so maybe the format needs to change!
Even before his downfall, Lance Armstrong always seemed like a jerk to me. This pretty much confirms it.
Reading this made me want to take a shower every other page.
4 stars for excellent writing style. 2 stars for the fact that reading this was ultimately just depressing.
Wow . . . it's not the fact that Armstrong used PEDs to fuel his rise to bicycling fame so much as how intricate the web that supported his efforts. That web included teammates and support staff, other teams and their support staff, the UCI, maybe the IOC, and on and on. It is also extremely clear that no matter what else Armstrong may be, at base, the man is a colossal self-absorbed, childish, asshole. No wonder people pursued him to the bloody end.It is equally true that he did a great deal of [...]
I'd heard of Lance Armstrong though I'm not into cycling. I was aware of his success and his comeback from cancer, and also cognizant of the controversy surrounding not only Armstrong, but the entire sport via-a-vis performance enhancing drugs. Th details of Armstrong the man and the athlete, his childhood and how he ploughed though people as though they only had value if they served his purposed the lies; these were the revelations of Macur's book. It was pretty shocking, almost unbelievable ho [...]
My husband is an ex-professional cyclist and I am friends with many of the folks in this unbelievable story. It isn't that I didn't know, or am shocked about the doping. It is the level of abuse, abusive, bullying and criminal lies. I am also a cancer survivor and this all just left me feeling bad. As much as I thought I knew the story, it is the degree to which the lies and cheating were still shocking to me. I couldn't put it down. I read and re-read pages, to be sure I was reading it correctl [...]
I watched a documentary about Lance Armstrong and was curious about him and what made him want to cheat to win bicycle races. This book reveals a lot about Armstrong's motivation, which is astonishing what a jerk he seems in real life. I wanted to know what kind of person on the brink of life and death with cancer ends up doping and lying about it to win? This is a fascinating account of Armstrong's life and the lies that led him to win 7 Tour de France races. It was interesting reading about ho [...]
Wat een ontluisterend beeld krijg je in dit boek van Lance Armstrong. Niet alleen van Lance Armstrong als wielrenner, maar ook van Lance Armstrong als mens. We weten allemaal dat wielrennen geen heel erg dopingvrije sport was en waarschijnlijk is, maar Lance Armstrong wist het naar een geheel nieuw niveau te tillen. Dit boek vertelt zorgvuldig gedocumenteerd het (wieler)leven van Lance Armstrong. Hoe kon het dat juist hij de capo-di-tutti-capi van het dopingwielrennen werd? Aanrader voor wielerl [...]
I loved Lance Armstrong. I rode a bike as a primary means of transportation and Lance did alot to enhance bike culture and awareness in the US. I ascribe to the notion that it isn't cheating if everyone else is doing it.He is still a champ in my mind. This book is good, there is alot of background that I didnt need. But it is worth the read.