The definitive account of Lance Armstrong s spectacular rise and fall In June , 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 thanwitnesses, 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 I loved this book as it gave a great insight into the personality, thoughts and relationships It also attempted to reveal the truth amongst all the lies. Having read all of David Walsh s output, I almost felt that I didn t need another Armstrong book in my life However, after hearing the author interviewed on The competitors, I bought the book This is a very engaging read which I devoured in just a few sittings There are the ubiquitous Betsy Andreu contributions, but there are also contributions from many others whose voices I had not yet heard, who added some new insight to this already well told story Rather than just another Armstrong book, this is a worthy read, even for those already well acquainted with the saga. Just confirms that Lance was a very nasty piece of work and that Bruyneel was is not much better a complete account than the David Walsh books but not as involving as somehow Julie seems detached and not as personally involved in bringing down the Armstrong myth. Lays out in alarming detail the sheer web of lies and deceit that led to the Armstrong miracle Lays bare how a series of events and personalities came together, without any one of which the greatest fraud in sports history never happens. Thought I knew most of what happened, I was wrong More detail than any other book or TV show I ve seen on the subject Libro che racconta l intera carriera di Lance Armstrong con retroscena dettagliati Un inchiesta al limte del thriller Storie analoghe a quelle di altri libri sul doping nel ciclismo ma con la specificit della storia di Armstrong Veramente interessante e ben scritto No descrizioni noiose, ma solo fatti, messi insieme al termine di una ricerca, di un collage giornalistico veramente notevole Consigliato a chi non si fa illusioni sul mondo del ciclismo e non un tifoso sfegatato di Armstrong, ma vuole aprire gli occhi sulla realt del ciclismo professionistico In inglese. I would have preferred to find a story in one piece rather than these chapters that inevitably have to go over the same ground again and again Sometimes it seems the author had forgotten that the she had already given a particular piece of information so it is repeated literally Sorry, but these are things i just don t like I also felt that the story had or less been told ain the first chapter in a way it seemed to me that the author wanted to muchContentwise it is an interesting book that reveals a lot about doping, what it does to people, how dangerous it is and why athletes choose to do it and just how many people there are involved to make it happen That so many knew and know and np one really cared, was the most shocking information A well, constructed, fair minded book.It really opens up the whole can of worms and it is interesting that the main message that comes through is that the Tour is simply unwinnable at the presently expected levels of speed and endurance without help My only criticism is that it is slightly over detailed the one incident is so like the next ten incidents that it becomes a little repetitive and boring it could have done with a little judicious editing Apart from that, well worth a read. I see many parallels with this and a current high profile political investigation Particularly with respect to the public s willingness to support their preexisting beliefs regardless of the evidence.Armstrong himself is clearly a man without a consience.