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Comeback 2.0: Up Close and Personal Hardcover – Dec 1 2009

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439173141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439173145
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 24 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Disappointed on Dec 7 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed as this book is about 90% photographs and hardly any text. I was expecting more of story, but aside from some glossy photos and a few descriptive captions, you don't get much at all.
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This book is great for what it is, a coffee table book that is heavy on photos and light on text. Some amazing photography from behind the scenes. I find it to be inspirational for my own training regime.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
High quality with stunning photographs Dec 3 2009
By Julia Flyte - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Don't make the mistake of thinking that this is a Lance Armstrong autobiography in the style of It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life and Every Second Counts. He writes a brief introduction, but essentially it is a pictorial diary of a year in the life of Lance Armstrong, from when he made the decision to return to professional cycling through to the Tour de France earlier this year. It's a busy year with lots of training (he gets noticeably thinner over the year); racing events in Australia, the US and Europe; a broken collarbone; a new baby and lots of fundraising and campaigning for cancer research.

The photographs are all taken by Elizabeth Kreutz and they are stunning - see the examples above. They are arranged in chronological order and each is accompanied by a little explanation from Lance about what he was doing or thinking at the time. The layout of the book and the paper stock are also high quality.

Reading this book feels like you've spent a year being a fly on the wall as Lance goes about his life. It's a fascinating glimpse into his world, from the high glamour (flying in private jets and hanging out with world leaders) to the mundane (running his kids to school and playing in the backyard with them - nice backyard by the way Lance). There's even a photo of him undergoing a urine test. You certainly get an appreciation for the hard work that goes into being a professional cyclist as well as the considerable work that he does for cancer research. His relationship with his partner Anna also comes across as being very close and strong. There's a photo of him smiling with Contadour at the press conference announcing that they'd be racing together, along with a wry comment that this was probably as friendly as they ever got.

It's a gorgeous book and very interesting, but do be aware that essentially it's a coffee table book rather than an autobiography.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
awesome book Jan. 30 2010
By Mike - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book after reading the "it's not about the bike" book and this one is really great. All the pictures and captions are really interesting and gives a nice look into his comeback to the tour in '09. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone! And if you haven't read "Its Not About the Bike" definitely check that out also!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Makes you want to! Feb. 1 2010
By E. Paulo - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just great images and a look into Lance's comeback. The photos a great and the descriptions to each one give great insight into Lance's Day to Day. Makes me want to get out and ride everytime I pick it up and look through it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Interesting but lacks structure and consistency Jan. 13 2010
By J. Grattan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This photo essay is intended to give some immediacy to Lance's return to bicycle racing in late 2008, culminating in his racing in the Tour de France in July, 2009, where he finished third. The book is really a mixed bag. Many of the photos are spectacular views of racing, though there are fewer of them than one would think. Some are fairly intimate: discrete photos of Lance giving a sample to testers, of his screwed together collarbone, and Anna nursing baby Max come to mind.

In general, the selection of photographs is questionable. There are far too many of Lance meeting with officials and celebrities and promoting his LAF foundation. There is too little attention paid to chronology both in selection and description. Any reader will struggle with connecting names with individuals in the photos. There seems to be an assumption that all individuals depicted and their connection to Lance are well known. There is substantial emphasis on his family, though that is a confusing situation and, again, there are identification problems with the photos.

There is a bit of defensiveness in the book: who is a friend, who by implication is not; who supports, that is, rides for, whom; and the like. The coverage of the racing, training, and his trainers gets the short end of the stick when laid up against all else in the book. All in all, it is an interesting book but suffers from a lack of good organization, selection, and consistency. Lance fans will no doubt overlook any shortcomings.
Decent book, though now some content appears deceiving Oct. 20 2013
By Paul Joseph Rice - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Would still recommend lance armstrongs book for anyone seeking motivation for tackling a break out through new direction by any means medically possible.

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