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A fly-on-the-wall account of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal – 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 you the astonishing twists and turns of an outrage 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 work of contemporary narrative history.

©2014 Juliet Macur (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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As you'd expect

There's little that's new here - much of Lance Armstrong's 'antics' have been well documented and what this book does is put everything together into a relatively cohesive structure.

Sometimes the order seems a bit off, jumping back and forth in the other cyclist's chapters, for instance Floyd Landis, but it generally holds together well.

It's not as personal as David Walsh's book, which leaves it up to the reader/listener to decide if that's a good or bad thing. For me, at times, it felt as if Juliet was listing things that happened, as opposed to explaining how she was involved in asking certain questions. David Walsh's version perhaps veers too far the other way but each book has its own merits (though I suspect Walsh himself would be surprised to hear himself called an "English" journalist - he's most definitely Irish).

All in all, if you've decided to buy this, you likely already know what you're getting - a dossier chronicling Lance Armstrong's years of cheating. Everything publicly known is there and, for that, it does what it should do.

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One fact is wrong

Have read many books on this subject. Plenty of interesting new facts. But one is wrong... David Walsh is Irish not English.l!

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well researched but dry.

a well researched book bit at points the facts all got a bit too dry. that said though, great insight and it was fascinating to hear about Lance's upbringing and his dishonest mother. would have preferred the narrator to not have done voices too.

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Superb!

Would you listen to Cycle of Lies again? Why?

Yes I definitely will. It's one of the best books I've ever listened to. Totally compelling.

What other book might you compare Cycle of Lies to, and why?

It is about the same subject matter as Tyler Hamilton's excellent book 'The Secret Race' but clearly broader in its research and perspective.

Similar to 'Seven Deadly Sins' by David Walsh but Juliet's book is far superior.

What about Carrington Macduffie’s performance did you like?

Excellent reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Having listened to the whole book I remember the picture painted of LA in his home just prior to the removal men. It was sad to see the impact of his actions on his family and especially the impact on his youngest children being uprooted from the family home.

Any additional comments?

One of the best books I've ever listened to.

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Narcissus versus madness

Gosh. how we were duped. I will never be able to watch a cycle race ever again.
I don't really think anyone involved in this story comes.out smelling of roses ,it's shocking to see the lengths some people will go. Brilliant and riveting, I binged listened as I was hooked

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What a read. A fascinating insight into one of the most dramatic periods in sports history. Armstrong fascinates, delights and disgusts in truly equal measures

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Excellent book for anyone interested in cycling

This was a forensically researched, brilliantly incisive, compulsive story. I’m going to listen to it again. It’s goes further than most books about sports and cheating, delving into the backstories and psychology of the protagonists. It’s balanced - which makes the ultimate conclusions so much more dark and impactful. Very well done to the author and the reader. Thank you. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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Eye ooener

fantastic listen from a different perspective. one of the best books I have listened to regarding Lance Armstrong

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Gripping and insightful

The book is responsible, it is clear that the author is trying to be balanced, and objective.

Opening up the secrets of a bad era in cycling.
The question is how many sports are suffering from the same problems.

Trying to think of a something I dislike, but can’t of anything, only that lance was the biggest cheater, could have been a bit wider in focus

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Good Overview for a newbie to the situation

I really don't know much about the situation to be honest and this did a very entertaining job overall