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From award-winning journalist David Walsh, the definitive account of the author’s twelve-year quest to uncover and make known the truth about Lance Armstrong’s long history of performance-enhancing drug use, which ultimately led to the cyclist’s being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.The story of Lance Armstrong—the cyclist who recovered from testicular cancer aFrom award-winning journalist David Walsh, the definitive account of the author’s twelve-year quest to uncover and make known the truth about Lance Armstrong’s long history of performance-enhancing drug use, which ultimately led to the cyclist’s being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.The story of Lance Armstrong—the cyclist who recovered from testicular cancer and went on to win the Tour de France a record seven times, the man who wrote a bestselling and inspirational account of his life, the charitable benefactor—seemed almost too good to be true. And it was.As early as Armstrong’s first victory on the Tour in 1999, The Sunday Times (London) journalist David Walsh had reason to think that the incredible performances we were seeing from Armstrong were literally too good to be true. Based on insider information and dogged research, he began to unmask the truth. Cycling’s biggest star used every weapon in his armory to protect his name.But he could not keep everyone silent.In the autumn of 2012, the US Anti-Doping Agency published a damning report on Armstrong that resulted in the American being stripped of his seven Tour victories and left his reputation in shreds. Walsh’s long fight to reveal the truth had been vindicated. This book tells the compelling story of one man’s struggle to bring that truth to light against all the odds....

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  • Catherine Howard
    2019-03-10 05:07

    (3.5 stars, Kindle)Having not known what a peloton was a few months ago (and having never watched a minute's worth of cycling before the Olympics), the Lance Armstrong doping scandal has had me on a bit of a Tour de France/professional cycling book binge of late, and SEVEN DEADLY SINS by David Walsh, one of two Irish journalists (the other being Paul Kimmage) who refused to buy the Armstrong fairytale, is my latest. The problem with this book is that, while fascinating, its writing was obviously rushed. It must have been: Armstrong was stripped of his titles in October 2012; this book came out in December. Journalists are used to producing against crazy deadlines, so that in itself is not something that would've bothered me, but in reading the book I definitely noticed—and was distracted by—some "first draft" sentences and, at times, a haphazard approach to chronology and repetitiveness, both in events and words. (An example: "His greatest case, the BALCO case, had unfolded right on his doorstep. His work in the infamous BALCO case, involving...") As I also downloaded the Kindle Single LANCED, which is a compilation of all The Sunday Times articles about "the shaming of Lance Armstrong" which included many by David Walsh, I had a direct comparison and could see a marked difference in the polish of the writing. We all know now the details of what we went on. What everyone doesn't know is why we didn't know until now, i.e. the story of the journalists who covered the Tour and how they were implicit in Armstrong's con. That's why SEVEN DEADLY SINS is an important book: because it reveals what lawsuit threats, bullying and Armstrong's money tried to keep quiet all these years. I really wish Walsh had just taken his time.In SEVEN DEADLY SINS he talks about an article he wrote about Lance that was vital in terms of evidence but which for whatever reason he rushed the writing of. "When I look back at that article," Walsh writes, "it was one of the worst I've written: too much information too poorly organized. So much good was spoiled by the end product."Now while I don't think this book is quite *that* bad—I'd still recommend it—there's certainly a case for good being spoiled by a rush to publication.Next up: THE RISE AND FALL OF DAVID MILLAR. And Lance's upcoming "tell all" (yeah RIGHT) Oprah interview...

  • Bob Mayer
    2019-03-05 07:29

    Finally. The crazy man has been exposed. He's not just crazy, he destroyed people's lives. I did a blog post about six months ago suggesting Lance Armstrong wasn't exactly a saint and got savaged so badly in the comments section, I withdrew the blog.It would be just bad if he only affected himself. But he hurt many people. He accused people of things that weren't true while lying through his teeth.What is interesting is Walsh's motivation for getting started on Lance-- his own personal trauma and then hearing the real Lance lash out many years ago.Armstrong perjured himself repeatedly and deserves to go to jail, not just lose his money and be disgraced-- yet it is telling of his character that all he cares about now is being able to compete again! He's only sorry he got caught. He can compete running around the prison yard.

  • Stephen Huntley
    2019-02-20 04:19

    Infuriating book. I was keen on it, given the positive reviews, but the first time I tried to wade through it I managed to page 115 and gave up. I felt it had been mis-sold; rather than a revelatory investigative piece on Armstrong it was a yawn-fest of an autobiography on a weak and untalented writer who clearly saw himself as some campaigning vigilante super-hero who was far superior in ability, ethics, personality and clean-living than any other journalist alive. Having just read the superb The Secret Race I thought I would once again give Seven Deadly Sins a try. It is so poor in the opening few pages that once again I'm wondering if its worth soldiering on. The opening is so boring it defies belief. I've got to page 15. There has just been a terrible 3-page anecdote about how Walsh was possibly chatted up by a bored housewife in France. It is a crap, irrelevant story, the sort of one that a sad loser would tell and everyone listening would smile and quickly look away and shake their heads. What is it doing in this book? In the opening pages? There is another full-page dreadful anecdote trying to explain that, while living and working in France, Walsh refuses to try and speak French. The arrogance is breathtaking, but once again, why is such a rotten story taking up space in this book? On page 10? Other pages have been peppered with his chuminess with two Irish cycling greats. It makes Walsh sound like a groupie fan-boy of the saddest type. I'm going to plough on, but my original foreboding of wasting hours on this awful stuff has returned.

  • Marykay Pogar
    2019-03-22 03:08

    Really hard to follow and given to sudden,inappropriately inserted moments of snark. Not worth reading unless you'd rather know more about why David Walsh is the bravest, most fearless sportswriter ever than how Lance Armstrong's doping was finally exposed.

  • John Martin
    2019-02-24 07:18

    The media needs people like David Walsh to keep the bastards honest. Lance Armstrong did not just commit sports biggest fraud, he used spin, lies, charm and marshmallow-soft people in the media and officialdom to destroy people. The whole episode was sickening. Walsh was like a dog with a bone, frustrated by a legal system that worked against him, but refusing to be muzzled and refusing to give up his bone. He only had to think back to the words of his late young son for inspiration. His son dared to ask his nativity teacher what happened to the gold the wise men brought Jesus? Where indeed? We need to keep asking curly questions in sport, politics, the bureaucracy, everywhere and not just accept the BS.

  • Alaina
    2019-03-10 09:10

    The obvious first: this book needs more editing. It has extensive grammar problems, including missing commas and tense shifts, that make it somewhat hard to read. That, combined with the slow start, almost made me give up. I'm glad I stuck with it though. The story picks up after the first few chapters, and once I was involved in the story the grammar didn't bother me as much.As someone who became interested in cycling primarily because of Lance, I was shocked reading this book to realize how much information was out there from the very beginning about Lance doping, and how so many of the press looked the other way. In particular, I feel bad not to have believed Greg LeMond and Betsy and Frankie Andreu. Something I hadn't really thought about before, but that is brought out quite well in Walsh's book, is what should have happened after the Festina affair in 1998. What should have happened is that the UCI should have realized how widespread doping was and done everything possible to stop it. They should have set up rules allowing for EPO tests after the fact, knowing that a useful test for EPO was being developed during the 1999 Tour. They should have cracked down, but they didn't. They swept it under the rug just like before, spent the next decade pretending everything was fine, and thus were a part of the problem, not the solution, right up through USADA's Reasoned Decision.Bottom line: if you want the whole story from the very beginning, David Walsh was there.

  • Jack
    2019-02-27 01:10

    David Walsh at his angry best. He brings up to date his tale of the vendetta waged against himself and Paul Kimmage by Armstrong until their vindication in 2012. A very honest account of an extraordinary investigation, giving full recognition to all those who did not believe the Armstrong myth that suckered so many people.This would be a five star review but for two things. First, it lacks an index which is a major no-no for a non-fiction book. Second, Walsh has a much better book on the same subject; From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France. It is extremely well-written and delves in much greater depth into the murky world of the Italian and Spanish doping doctors, plus also explains how young riders like Armstrong get groomed to join cycling's doping culture whilst still amateurs.

  • Nichiless Dey
    2019-03-03 03:09

    David Walsh's Sisyphus has finally emerged victorious over his eternal struggle with the boulder - half man, half media - named Lance Armstrong. Beautifully written, shocking, occasionally heartbreaking, often resulting in the 'ah, of course, now that makes sense' sigh, and a vindication, indeed beacon of hope, to all real journalists eking a living out there in the nether world that professional sport has become. Ask the questions that demand asking, without fear. Cycling is a truly great sport, once a leveller, it will be all the better for the eradication of the blind romanticism, myth-making and marketing that the wearying followers of Mammon seem to pedal each and every year. Thank you David.

  • Georgie
    2019-02-22 06:06

    This is definitely not what it seems. I was expecting a Lance Armstrong biography-style book with focus on doping and his outrageous behavior. Unfortunately, it's more of an autobiography of the journalist author and poorly written. I gave up after 250 pages because I saw no improvement unfortunately.

  • Luana
    2019-03-03 08:28

    "Professional cycling has always exercised an "omerta" and it has played a significant role in the endurance of a drug culture. But more than a code of silence is at work here and it is not coincidental that the Sicilian word has become so associated with the peloton, because when a rider breaks the code, he can expect a mafia-like response."Questo libro ruota attorno alla ricostruzione di una, se non della, frode sportiva più clamorosa della storia. David Walsh è un giornalista irlandese, grande appassionato di ciclismo, ma che vedrà svanire presto la visione romantica che si è costruito di questo sport (la fatica, la sportività, la sfida ai propri limiti e tutto il resto) di fronte all'avanzata prepotente del doping. Ovviamente, quando si associano ciclismo e doping, il primo nome che salta alla mente è quello di Lance Armstrong, l'uomo che per anni è stato dipinto come il grande eroe americano, sopravvissuto ad un cancro gravissimo per tornare a dettare legge nella più grande competizione ciclistica europea, il Tour de France. Chi riesce a vincere la Grande Boucle entra nella storia, figurarsi a vincerne sette tutte di fila...peccato che nessuno di quei successi abbia mai avuto valore.Walsh assiste incredulo alla clamorosa vittoria di Armstrong al Tour del 1999, quello che sarebbe dovuto essere il Tour della riscossa dopo il terribile scandalo doping scoppiato l'anno precedente (quando il team Festina era stato beccato con una macchina dal bagagliaio pieno di ogni sostanza dopante possibile immaginabile): per alcuni la vittoria di Lance è un vero miracolo, ma altri l'accolgono con grande scetticismo. Walsh fa parte di questo secondo gruppo e non lo fa per cattiveria, ma perché sono i dati cronometrici e i fatti a parlare forte e chiaro: tanto per dirne una, Armstrong non era mai stato uno scalatore, eppure farà da lì in poi incetta di vittorie nelle grandi tappe di montagna. Il 1999 segna l'anno di inizio di un vero e proprio regno del terrore, un sistema mafioso, durante il quale chiunque si fosse permesso di parlar male del nuovo dio del ciclismo, si sarebbe trovato a pagarne le conseguenze. Questo libro è in larga parte anche dedicato a descrivere le difficoltà vissute da quanti hanno osato dire la verità: i ciclisti che si spingevano a denunciare la cultura del doping ampiamente diffusa tra i ciclisti, vedevano la loro carriera fatta a pezzi (ostracizzati persino dai compagni di squadra); anche quelli già ritirati ma desiderosi di continuare a lavorare nel mondo delle due ruote, vedevano chiudersi in faccia tutte le porte. Nemmeno i giornalisti erano immuni a questo genere di vessazioni: a quanto pare lo staff di Armstrong era molto attento a individuare le voci fuori dal coro ed erano pronti a fare pressioni presso i relativi giornali per far fuori i "troll" (come li chiamava lui). Umiliazioni, angherie e minacce hanno seguito per anni tutti quelli che hanno parlato con David Walsh nel corso delle sue indagini.Nel libro fanno una comparsata anche certi personaggi di nostra conoscenza, come l'ambiguo "Dottor" Michele Ferrari, l'uomo che aveva messo a punto il programma per l'utilizzo sistematico delle sostanze dopanti tanto amato da Armstrong, oltre ai relativi metodi per evitare di risultare positivi ai test dopo le gare. Dall'altro lato della barricata, compare la nemesi di questo cretino, ovvero Sandro Donati, grande sostenitore delle politiche antidoping e spina nel fianco, con le sue denunce, di molte istituzioni sportive, compreso il CONI. Da quanto ricostruisce Walsh, Armstrong iniziò a doparsi già verso il 1995 con l'aiuto di Ferrari...a dirla tutta, vien da chiedersi se tutte quelle schifezze che aveva in corpo non abbiano contribuito alla formazione del cancro che lo colpirà l'anno dopo. Peraltro la sua malattia gli fornirà spesso la scusa giusta per rimandare al mittente i sospetti sulle sue vittorie: ma scusate, dopo aver avuto una malattia del genere, non penserete mica che mi rovini prendendo sostanze pericolose, giusto? Sbagliato! Quello che emergerà dopo anni di testimonianze e indagini è il ritratto di un uomo troppo smanioso di vincere, di essere l'indiscusso numero uno e che, non riuscendo a raggiungere questo risultato con le sue sole forze, decide di prendere la via più breve. La US Postal, la squadra con cui ha vinto i Tour de France, era né più né meno che un'associazione a delinquere: tutti erano a conoscenza del giro di sostanze dopanti e tutti dovevano accettarlo senza fiatare, persino i familiari non facevano una piega a vedere questi pazzi che si riempivano delle peggio schifezze. Alla fine tutto questo sistema è stato smantellato non tanto dal coraggio di quanti, negli anni d'oro del regno di Armstrong, si erano fatti avanti per dire la verità, ma dal desiderio di rivalsa di Floyd Landis, l'uomo che si presentò all'USADA (l'agenzia statunitense anti-doping) a vuotare il sacco. Amico ed ex-compagno di Lance, nel 2006 Landis vinse il primo tour dell'era post-Armstrong, peccato che non chiamandosi Armstrong di cognome, la sua positività è saltata fuori subito.Alcuni alla fine riescono a provare persino pena per Lance Armstrong che, fino all'ultimo, ha cercato di screditare i suoi accusatori, ma che poi ha dovuto cedere: per lui squalifica a vita dalle competizioni e annullamento di tutte le sue vittorie. Francamente non mi è dispiaciuto nemmeno un attimo per questo borioso mammasantissima americano che pensava di essere un novello Al Capone e di tenere in mano tutti i fili della situazione. Ancora più squallido è il mondo in cui, come qualcuno fa notare nel libro, ha "tenuto in ostaggio il mondo dei malati di cancro": si è fatto scudo della sua malattia, presentandosi come il paladino di quanti, nonostante le condizioni avverse, sono capaci di sognare in grande e centrare la vittoria. Peccato che degli altri malati di cancro non gliene fregasse un tubo, però farsi vedere in compagnia di queste persone, organizzare iniziative in favore della ricerca, faceva bene alla sua immagine e attirava sponsor.Un'ultima parola anche sull'infamia delle grandi istituzioni ciclistiche, l'UCI (International Cycling Union) in testa e anche la WADA (sì, l'agenzia antidoping mondiale che oggi si diverte tanto a bacchettare i russi). Al momento della squalifica di Armstrong, anche loro gli voltarono le spalle, cercando di coprire il fatto che avevano spesso chiuso un'occhio nei confronti del ciclista americano: provette risultate positive, ma a cui non aveva fatto seguito nessuna sanzione. Ad aiutare saranno stati anche i versamenti fatti da Armstrong allo scopo di acquistare macchinari più efficienti per pescare tutti i disonesti...strumenti "gentilmente offerti" dal peggior truffatore di tutti!Insomma, il nocciolo della questione è semplice: ci si incazza da morire leggendo questo libro, ma ne vale la pena, se non altro perché non tutto è perduto e ci sono ancora persone pronte a rischiare pur di non dover rinunciare alla loro integrità e onestà.

  • Roger
    2019-03-12 06:04

    David Walsh, or the "little Troll" as he was referred to by Lance Armstrong, has written quite a bit on both Armstrong and doping in sport - famously, he co-authored L.A. Confidentiel, which in 2004 laid out the doping case against Armstrong pretty much as has been admitted by him early this year (after both the authors and sources of that book suffered legal harassment from Armstrong for years).Seven Deadly Sins is a more personal work by Walsh, and is the story of his journey to prove that Armstrong doped his way to his Tour De France victories. The book concludes before Armstrong's admission on the Oprah Winfrey show, but after USADA handed down it's reasoned decision - the final section of the book is a collection of quotes from many of the actors in the saga on their reactions to the "final nail in the coffin" of the doping allegations.If you've not followed the tortured history of the Armstrong saga, this book is a good place to start, as you not only get a history of Walsh's almost obsessive interest in getting this story, but a good overview of how the evidence built up over time, owing partly to some good journalism, but mostly to the arrogance and bullying of Armstrong, which turned people who might have been willing to stay silent against him.This is not a book for the complete novice to professional cycling, as Walsh assumes a certain amount of knowledge, and it is written in classic journalese, which means it's easy to read, well-paced, but with a certain amount of cliche, usually when Walsh is describing a new character in the story.And the story really is a classic moral tale, of facing decisions of right and wrong, truth and lying, and in how hubris brings about a downfall. All the ingredients of a great potboiler, but with the added frisson of being true.A good read.Check out my other reviews at

  • Rachel72
    2019-02-27 01:33

    This was really interesting, and Walsh is an engaging writer. It's not just an account of a couple of journalists' determination to expose doping in sport, but a sobering illustration of the power of the popular image of some sporting heroes. I knew little about what led to Armstrong's eventual exposure other than what had been reported in the mainstream media here, nor did I have any appreciation of how much courage it took for those who did speak out in the face of serious obstacles. At times the book switches abruptly from one particular point in time to another and then back, which was a little confusing; occasionally it was difficult to keep track of who was who - a list of names of relevant people and where they fitted in to the narrative of events would have been helpful; there were also times when I felt some of the information I'd just read had gone right over my head. The Kindle formatting in the final section (setting out the various reactions to USADA's findings and Armstrong's fall from grace) is rather odd - we go from italics, to regular font, to small font, without much white space. Overall though, I'm very glad I read this.

  • Alan Hamilton
    2019-03-23 03:13

    This is a fantastic book and a truly rivetting read, even if you know nothing about cycling.It presents the author's lengthy pursuit of Armstrong in fine, very readable detail and confirms Armstrong as a cheat and a liar long before the US Doping Agency case. It describes the lengths that powerful people go to to suppress the truth and how easy it is for lawyers to silence the 'trolls'.....especially in the UK.It normally takes me a few weeks to read a book, but I got through this one in a couple of days. It's not hard to see why the author has many sportswriter of the year awards.I am a sucker for a conspiracy theory, but was completely taken in by Lance Armstrong's cancer recovery story. I don't know how I missed Walsh's work.Question everything - "what did Mary and Joseph do with the gold?" - brilliant!

  • Steph
    2019-02-22 08:03

    An entertaining read, following Walsh's investigative journey into Lance Armstrong's Tour de France success. I felt I was in trusted hands with David Walsh's journalism background and found myself at different times amused and appalled. I want to give this book to everyone who thinks that just because athletes pass their drugs tests that means they're not cheating.After finishing the book I went and checked out Armstrong's twitter profile. I was pretty sickened to see that he still has "7 X TdF champ" on there. Don't tell David.

  • Fran
    2019-02-24 02:22

    David Walsh's fascinating account into one of the biggest sporting frauds ever is never anything less than fascinating. Lance Armstrong whose biography I devoured long ago will forever be a source of disappointment but after reading this, which details all the bullying, the lies and his horrible attitude towards fellow riders and the press, I realise that I got off very lightly. David Walsh who was always mocked for not believing deserves eternal credit for sticking to his guns and my thanks go to him for relaying everything that happened in this great book.

  • Ankur Maniar
    2019-02-23 05:33

    A very good book written in a witty style by a journalist who was good enough not to loose his senses for thirteen years while the Lance Armstrong saga unfolded. David Walsh comes across as a genuine sports lover and especially a die hard cycling fan.. The investigation and the perseverance shown by him is extremely commendable. He is quite candid about his personal life during this time and shows us how a journalist with integrity has to work against all odds. Your impressions about Lance Armstrong, both professionally and personally would surely come crashing down.

  • Rob
    2019-03-09 02:14

    A bit of a disappointment. David Walsh has a point when he claims sports journalists are often 'fans with a typewriter'. There definitely is a need for a more critical approach.Walsh is a critical investigator, but unfortunately he retains the style of a sports writer. Rather unstructured, elaborate and heroic prose. In this case the hero is Walsh himself. Walsh only sings one theme, and has filled at least three books with it.Not the ultimate book on modern cycling, that would be Tyler Hamilton's The Secret Race.

  • Jen Welch
    2019-03-16 06:04

    Excellent investigative journalism and written in an engaging way. The structure fell over a bit though. It had the feeling of being rushed to publish Owen the story broke and that the well written parts were a rehash of his previous book. It still paints a picture of how rife doping was and the extent of the lies that had to be told. It is great that the author pursued the truth to a point, although it seems his obsession was almost to the point of stalking.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-18 09:28

    Couldn't put this down. Very compelling story on a number of levels and reveals a little of what it is like to be a sports journalist. Some of the writing could be tightened up, but this is a mix between the author's very personal story and the Lance Armstrong story.

  • Tracey Redmond
    2019-02-27 07:15

    The rise and fall of Lance Armstrong. Whats not to love! If you love cycling books (warts and all!) this ones for you.

  • Robert
    2019-03-16 04:26

    One if best sports books ever read. Reading it after event and story came out how did he ever get away with it!! Journalism at its best

  • Tom
    2019-03-01 09:16

    Incredible summary of Lance Armstrong and the doping that tainted the tour de France in what was supposed to be a drug free tour post 1999. Walsh first met Armstrong in 1993 and was one of the few journalists who didn't turn a blind eye to what should have been apparent to anyone with a proper understanding of cycling; the culture of doping in cycling was continuing with Armstrong its driving force. Walsh struggled to get the truth out there for thirteen years and fell foul of Armstrong's bullying and vindictive nature when he constantly called him out in articles in the Sunday times. He was also the victim of several law suits and some of his witnesses, Emma O'Reilly and Betsy Andreu included, were harangued and harassed for many years because of their need to speak the truth when so many others continued either blindly or worse. It truly is incredible that so little credence was paid to numerous calls to look further into Armstrong. Even in the Oprah interview after it had finally been proven by USADA and UCI in 2012 that Armstrong had doped, Armstrong seemed neither contrite nor genuine. It is clear that he is a sociopath and has little regard for those around him whom he disgraced and constantly ridiculed during his career. He still feels, probably to this day, that what he did was what he had to do to compete with those around him and therefore, not gaining an unfair advantage and not cheating. There were still so many details he would no go into in terms of how it was done and by whom, and many felt that if Armstrong hadn't returned in the Tour in 2009, he would still be sitting pretty on his seven Tour victories. Walsh highlights numerous incidents where samples were withdrawn, changed or when the people at the top of cycling did not act properly or in accordance with the true values that competitive cycling should hold most dear. The ease with which he and others doped verges on the unbelievable. Although I didn't pay too much attention to his story at the time as I was still in my early teens in the height of his career, I can't recall many voices highlighting that for a long time, the drug testing wasn't able to detect the presence of EPO. Reading about it now really beggars belief that more questions weren't asked at the time. Armstrong really is a vile character who feels like he has been hard done by and doesn't seem to realise how many lives he has ruined and how many dreams he has shattered because of his actions. The greatest fraud in the history of sport, I know a number of people who I grow up with who read his autobiographies and felt inspired by him. I know Walsh doesn't feel entirely vindicated and feels that what has emerged in and since 2012 were just a longer version of his book, L.A. confidential. Hopefully this Tour is now a cleaner place and it's without a doubt because of clear-conscience people like David Walsh.

  • Andrew Roberts
    2019-03-17 02:12

    An important, interesting and complex story that is told in a way that is disappointing in its lack of structure, references and overall clarity: all the more surprising from a journalist. It feels like the publication of this book was rushed after the USADA verdict, and there are many questions left unanswered at the time of writing, the biggest one being the state of cycling (i.e. cleanliness) post-Lance. On the positive side, hearing from an Armstrong skeptic who held that position all along, and who has credentials as a cycling lover, was enlightening and informative. There is a lot more scope to explore the psychology of the fallen Armstrong, but this book is a good starter for some of the details of those who knew all along that the reality was different to the image, and the struggle to make this known in a way that had consequences for Lance Armstrong.

  • Dan Cohen
    2019-03-23 08:18

    This is an excellent book. It's not just that the story (primarily, Walsh's pursuit of the truth about Lance Armstrong's performances and how they were achieved through doping) is good. It's also that the writing is good. And lastly, the way that the author puts just the right amount of himself into the book, whilst ensuring that some of the key characters (the Andreus, the Lemonds, Emma O'Reilly, Steven Swart, Floyd Landis, Paul Kimmage, and other journalists and campaigners against doping) and their contributions are well described and acknowledged. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Sandie Buto
    2019-02-20 02:28

    The hardest rock to swallow is not that Lance doped, but that he was so immoral and aggressive in trying to prevent others from sharing their truth. Did that part of him come from wanting to win or was it there all along? He left a lot of bodies in his wake- I hope that if he ever has regrets of what he has done to the sport of cycling, he was also consider what he has done to the others that loved the sport as he did.

  • Jill
    2019-02-20 05:18

    This is the journalist that would not give up on the Armstrong story even though his newspaper lost a libel case against him. Hearing all about it from his side, realizing how many years this spanned, and giggling at his very Irish sense of humor was great.

  • William
    2019-03-11 05:33

    This is a great book and easy to follow. It really shows how pro cycling has had a big problem with blood doping etc. I encourage anyone with an interest in the sport and issues of PEDs and blood doping to read this book. Informative and educational at the same time.

  • Andrew McCarthy
    2019-03-03 04:13

    An odd book with weird tangential tales. Interesting to read how the investigation came together but needed to read less about the journalist.

  • Andrew
    2019-02-27 04:19

    An engrossing read about the enigma of Lance Armstrong.

  • Mandy Setterfield
    2019-03-11 01:09

    Brilliant investigative journalism, but can’t help feeling it needed a more thorough edit.