Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong (Anglais) Broché – 24 février 2014
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“A riveting account of the Armstrong implosion...a tale right out of ancient Greece.” (Toronto Star (Canada))
“A compelling account…Cycle of Lies is a scrupulously reported and sourced book… a search for an understanding of the man behind the myth.” (New York Times) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié.
Présentation de l'éditeur
The definitive account of Lance Armstrong's spectacular rise and fall.
In June 2013, when Lance Armstrong fled his palatial home in Texas, downsizing in the face of multimillion-dollar lawsuits, Juliet Macur was there—talking to his girlfriend and children and listening to Armstrong's version of the truth. She was one of the few media members aside from Oprah Winfrey to be granted extended one-on-one access to the most famous pariah in sports.
At the center of Cycle of Lies is Armstrong himself, revealed through face-to-face interviews.
But this unfolding narrative is given depth and breadth by the firsthand accounts of more than one hundred witnesses, including family members whom Armstrong had long since turned his back on—the adoptive father who gave him the Armstrong name, a grandmother, an aunt. Perhaps most damning of all is the taped testimony of the late J.T. Neal, the most influential of Armstrong's many father figures, recorded in the final years of Neal's life as he lost his battle with cancer just as Armstrong gained fame for surviving the disease.
In the end, it was Armstrong's former friends, those who had once occupied the precious space of his inner circle, who betrayed him. They were the ones who dealt Armstrong his fatal blow by breaking the code of silence that shielded the public from the grim truth about the sport of cycling—and the grim truth about its golden boy, Armstrong.
Threading together the vivid and disparate voices of those with intimate knowledge of the private and public Armstrong, Macur weaves a comprehensive and unforgettably rich tapestry of one man's astonishing rise to global fame and fortune and his devastating fall from grace.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié.
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But Macur disabused me of that false notion, for this gem is jam-packed with jaw-dropping nuggets that didn't make it into most of the documentaries, articles or commonly available interviews.
I walked away from this book with a better understanding of how Lance became the way he is. It also got me thinking about the impact of genetics on behavior/personalities. Because it's nearly impossible to understand how someone could be as focused on winning as Lance is, without it being something chemical. To the bitter end, he exhibits no understanding of how anything but winning matters -- not the truth, not kindness, not self-awareness, not even money in some regards. Through this book, we learn that in Lance's world, it's always somebody else's fault, and winning matters more than people. His focus is eerily pathological.
Must say, too, that 'Cycle of Lies' also provides more insight into Betsy and Frankie Andreu. While I applaud Betsy for being instrumental in shinning a light on the "real Lance," something about her always rubbed me the wrong way in interviews. This book helped me work out why: in many ways, she's a whole lot like Lance: self-righteous, self-centered, drama-prone, hypocritical, and hyper judgmental.
Finished it in two sittings. Fantastic page turner.
I do not think it's a stretch to view Armstrong's fall — worthy of Shakespeare! — as emblematic of how the American dream has gone astray. These days the dream is equated with wealth, and Macur's painstaking research shows us that wealth, not fame, was Armstrong's primary motivator. But the original American dream was about success, which is very different from wealth. (Those who would confuse the two only prove my point.)
When success involves cheating on competitors, ruining the lives of some of your closest friends, lying to millions who have placed their hopes in you, and probably spoiling the chances for one of the greatest of sports to survive in this country — those consequences to not bear out the true meaning of the word "success."
Armstrong's rise and fall is a tremendously compelling story, all the more because it really happened. But have we witnesses to history taken up the dark admonition that appears throughout Macu's prose: that wealth without honor is no virtue? And that living a fulfilled life that serves a worthwhile if not particularly profitable purpose is no vice?
We don't have to read the book to know that, somewhat ironically, Armstrong is in the process of losing his ill-begotten gains to his commercial sponsors who are suing him for their return. Such hypocrites! But what this book tells us is that more than all the shaming, the process of losing his wealth could just possibly make Armstrong a better man. Here's hoping.
I don't feel bad for him but will say this in his defense: EVERYBODY in that sport doped. So if one just wanted to be relevant in the sport not to mention a champion, doping was mandatory. Doesn't excuse his transgressions though.