Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, CD
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'Riveting ... "Why did he do it?" is clearly the first question begging for an answer. And "How did he get away with it for so long?" is another. Macur investigates both exhaustively and the result is a tale right out of ancient Greece the demi-god with the fatal flaw'
'Macur is a fine writer and a tireless reporter'--Observer
'Her well-researched book pays testimony to the determination of a large group of people, those used and cast aside by Armstrong, who found the courage to stand up to the bully ... That he was still arrogant enough to try to get her to change the title of 'Cycle of Lies' speaks volumes for his self-centred nature and Macur's determination as a journalist to stick with what she believed to be the truth'--Eastern Daily Press --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .
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A fly-on-the-wall account of the greatest drama in modern sporting history by the New York Times cycling correspondent.
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 Armstrong s fellow cyclists and top cycling officials to doctors, trainers and wives Cycle of Lies reveals how Armstrong built a fortress of people around him to protect his image and upend the lives of anybody who stood in his way.
As America s fallen idol faces potential perjury charges, Cycle of Lies widens the focus to expose corruption at all levels of the sport in a thrilling, page-turning work of contemporary narrative history.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .
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So how does this book compare to its peers?
Macur's hard work and discipline is visible throughout. She spoke with many more witnesses to Lance Armstrong's upbringing, racing, and cheating, than in any other book of this sort. She has turned up a number of things I have not read elsewhere. Kudos to her for getting access to the tape recorded reminiscences of J T Neal, Armstrong's early supporter and surrogate father, who suffered through cancer with Lance before being abandoned by him. She is similarly the first to have spoken with John Hendershot, Armstrong's soigneur in the 1990s, and his guilt-wracked dealer in performance-enhancing drugs. There is other new material here as well; while Wheelmen makes the case that Armstrong was a sociopath from a young age, Macur is the first, as far as I know, to try to explain why this might be. She documents that his mother is a self-aggrandizing, self-enriching, repeated liar and hints that his character was shaped by her example. Personally, I am skeptical -- given that the key evidence dates from after Lance had already become rich and famous, it seems just as likely that she learned from *him* that dishonesty is rewarded with respect and riches.
This revelation is characteristic of the book -- it is new, it is well documented, it's sort of interesting, but it doesn't change our understanding of Lance Armstrong or the culture of professional cycling in any significant way. In a sense, there were only ever two big questions here -- did Lance Armstrong cheat, and if so how did he get away with it (in particular, did Heins Verbuggen at the UCI cover up for him, perhaps in exchange for bribes?). The first of these questions was well answered before Macur ever set pen to paper, and Macur adds little to our understanding of the second. The book contains new information, but it amounts to only so much trivia.
On page 40 she describes witnesses to possible doping by Armstrong in 1991-1992, earlier than anybody else has found (and early for any American cyclist, really, though Jeff Evanshine tested positive in 1992). She discusses doper/soigneur John Hendershot's drug deliveries to Lance. Macur got detailed stories from George Hincapie and other riders, who doped or in a few cases who refused to do so. She spent a lot of time with the riders' wives, a nice touch given that EPO, in particular, required sufficiently elaborate storage and delivery infrastructure that wives and girlfriends usually knew the riders were doping and often helped. She is the first person to get access to audiotapes recorded by J. T. Neal, which feels like a coup, but there's nothing in the tapes, just as there is nothing from the wives, that changes our understanding of Lance or his world.
There is in this book no sense of the suffering that drove doping, the frustration or even anguish one sometimes feels in Tyler Hamilton's book. Here, virtually everybody just dopes. Chris Carmichael and Eddie B promoted doping. The soigneurs and directeurs sportif and team doctors and owners all knew about it and helped. The sponsors and television commentators probably knew, but covered it up. Everybody is dirty. It's an ugly world. Even the founding of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (Livestrong) is described on page 90 as a cynical public relations move.
The book has clear heroes and villains and victims and cowards. Heroes include Jonathan Vaughters, Bob Hamman of SCA Promotions, Travis Tygart and Betsy Andreu. Victims include especially Dave Zabriskie, whose corruption by Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel could break your heart. Villains include especially Lance Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel, and Hein Verbruggen. Floyd Landis is a wild card. And cowards, so many cowards, people who knew what was going on and lied about it, even perjuring themselves to defend Armstrong to protect their jobs. Stephanie Mcllvain at Oakley, André Birotte Jr, who dropped the federal investigation, Steve Johnson of USA Cycling, who convinced Dave Zabriskie not to go to college but to becomes a professional cyclist instead, and who later heard his lamentations after he was pressured into doping but said nothing. And who, to all appearances, lies about it with horrifying mendacity to this day.
The second half of the book is more exciting than the first. It's almost a shame we have to go through Armstrong's childhood and early career to get to his triumphs and the great unraveling. The introduction of Macur's book and some of its late chapters have the tone of a wounded former rival. She seems to mock his loss of power when he tries to order her around long after his influence has waned. "Your book is called Cycle of Lies? That has to change," he declares. Obviously, she doesn't change it, and she wants us, the readers, to know that *she's* on top now. Is Armstrong's continued self-confidence newsworthy, or is her describing his impotence just petty? You can't blame her for disliking Armstrong; the man and his entourage subjected her to vicious personal attacks after she wrote a page 1 story in the New York Times revealing that members of the 1999 US postal team had admitted to doping. Yet those emotions, however understandable, hurt this book.
The flood of Armstrong books is not done yet; George Hincapie has a book coming out. It might be the first book about Lance Armstrong in years written by somebody who doesn't hate him.
The author of the book is Juliet Macur who is a sports reporter for The New York Times covering last ten years various sports stories connected with doping and legal issues. Previously she wrote about some other controversial subjects such as ‘Countdown to Beijing’ that brought a story about China sports world that was pushed hard in order to host the 2008 Summer Olympics and ‘In Two Arenas’ that spoke about Iraq war’s effect on sportsmen.
With ‘Cycle of Lies’ Juliet Macur set for herself the ambitious goal to write a true and interesting story about an athlete whose fate in recent years repeatedly filled newspaper columns, equally for good, as for the bad reasons. And certainly she succeeded because her 500 pages work is something that can be read in one sitting and with full right it can be said that this is a great work of investigative journalism in sports world.
Her book is divided into seven chapters, each of them, in addition to the Prologue and Epilogue, named in a provocative way – Lies of the Family, Lies of the Sport, Lies of the Media, Lies of the Brotherhood, Lies of the American Hero and finally, The Truth.
Right at the beginning of the book author gives clear guidelines from which it can be seen that she knows a lot about Armstrong and people around him - …for nearly a decade, Lance Armstrong and I have had a contentious relationship. Seven years have passed since his agent, Bill Stapleton, first threatened to sue me. Back then, I was just one of the many reporters Armstrong had tried to manipulate, charm or bully. Filing lawsuits against writers who dared challenge his fairy-tale story was his quick-and-easy way of convincing people that writing critically about him wasn’t worth it. Over the years, he came to consider me an enemy, one of the many he and his handlers had to keep an eye on…”
Using such style, directness and the facts Juliet Macur wrote her book, not fearing at all to present to the world a host of lies, and some real truths. The nice add-on on the book end are picture section, notes and selected biography which further indicates the seriousness with which the author approached her writing project.
Whether you liked Armstrong in the period of his greatest popularity, and especially if you didn’t in a time when this sports hero had been taken as an example of everything positive and was almost blasphemy to speak against him, you'll enjoy Juliet Macur’s book.
Clear, understandable, concise, sports and investigative journalism in its true form…
It's very well written with a lot of detail and a whole cast of characters that made the decades long cheating possible, interviews with those who participated and those who wanted to end the doping in the cycling world. You travel the globe and learn about the teammates, doctors, girlfriends, money-men and racing officials who are involved.
The writer even includes her run-ins with Lance and his all too often arrogant and distasteful comments. You come away with the notion that he really is a piece of work. You also learn quite a bit about the substances and techniques that were used in the cycling world to advance and cheat. It is all written in a very thrilling and evocative way with the sources and information to back it up. If you are into crime novels and shady characters give this book a chance.
This book touches on those issues, but the main focus of the book is who Lance is, as a person. His childhood and the development of his character; his relationship with his mother, father and stepfathers, mentors, friends, etc.; his behavior in romantic relationships;--all are examined with the goal of explaining not just the lies he told but how he could have told them so convincingly.
The portrait that emerges is of a man who operates on a moral platform most of us would not recognize. To Lance, people are not people; they are pawns to be moved about the playing board of his life, easily discarded if they are no longer useful and readily attacked if they complain. This mindset is not something that emerged only after he became famous, it was likely present from birth and then nurtured by his highly manipulative mother (who was not actually an impoverished single mom at all).
Juliet Macur is an excellent writer who obviously knows Lance well and has an opinion of him. The book therefore does not pretend to be unbiased. The man is a narcissist, she knows it, and she deftly and convincingly presents the evidence in vivid color.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Lance Armstrong saga.