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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4 out of 5 stars
By M3 on 18-04-14

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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5 out of 5 stars
By robert roebuck on 02-09-14


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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