It's Not About The Bike: My Journey Back To Life. (Includes New Chapter on Tour de France 2000 and the Olympics) Paperback – 2001
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Lance's life from his upbringing to early achievements, his fight with cancer to becoming the King of the Tour de France are written honestly and interestingly. Reading the book took me along the entire emotional spectrum and I enjoyed every minute of it. With a less than 3% chance to survive I am convinced that contrary to the title, his survival is about the bike. It tought him to fight, to personalize the challenge and to give it everything he has got.
Being German, I wanted Jan Ullrich to win the tour this year but having read what Lance has overcome and seeing him on the crucial day after falling due to spectator involvement, I now hope that he will win his sixth (and final?) Tour in 2004 to take his rightful place as the best rider who ever lived.
I felt compelled to write this review since I read some of the other reviews. While I understand some of the comments about him being egoistic, that is part of him too. He is not claiming to be perfect, far from it, and I do not judge the man but simply recommend his book as an uplifting and interesting read.
It's well written, honest and unflinching, as some of what we read doesn't always paint Armstrong in the most favorable light. Other reviewers have mentioned his ego (huge) and his single mindedness when it came to racing and training, bordering on obsession. I am of the mind that you don't become the best in the world without developing an ego, without becoming preoccupied. I mean it takes everything to get to the top so personal relationships are bound to suffer. On that note while Armstrong praises his (now ex-wife) Kit I was shocked at how he treated her, expecting her life to just revolve around him. At one point she gives up everything in the States and follows him to Europe to just "be there" while he trains, then on a whim Lance quits the tour and he expects her to just pack up the house and follow him back home while he sorts himself out and plays golf.Read more ›
Interestingly, though Mr. Armstrong employs the assistance of a co-writer, he does not acknowledge Sally Jenkins' contributions in the main body of his book. Instead, he lists Ms. Jenkins' name last among those for whom "this book is for", writing that he met with her to write this book. Why someone with Armstrong's blunt yet frank manner would choose to employ a co-writer is beyond me: In public as well as (based on the accounts described in this book) in private Armstrong is never at a loss for words, nor does he seem to have any difficulty in making himself understood. If he had decided to write this book entirely on his own (as I believe he easily could have), It's Not About The Bike would rate 4 stars out of 5 for me with one star deducted because of the very brief descriptions of his experience in the Tour De France, which I had hoped to read more of. As it stands, whether it was due to the influence of Sally Jenkins or of some un-named publicist or handler of Mr. Armstrong, It's Not About The Bike feels incomplete, and airbrushed in parts. The story of Lance Armstrong's life is fascinating and this book is well worth reading. In the interests of full disclosure and authenticity, I simply would have prefered Armstrong stuck to telling the story of his life entirely in his own words. 3/5
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this is amerikas most shaimfull trial about a man who beat the cnrcer and best atlets of the worldPublished 8 months ago by Iles Gordos
I bought this book. I read this book. I was inspired. Until I found out that, in fact, it wasn't about the bike.Published on Jan. 14 2013 by Langenfeld
A good story, poorly written. Lance is a very talented man which is totally narcissistic. Fortunately for him, he was surrounded by a great team, especially his wife which put up... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2010 by Andre Therien
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Lance does a great job of clearly describing everything he went through with his fight with cancer and how he won. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2010 by NorthVan Dave
I am an registered nurse and I recommend this book to anyone going through a cancer diagnosis and facing chemo ,radiation or surgical intervention for the treatment of their... Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2009 by Rebecca Turner
This was an amazing read! I am not a follower of cycling, but I did not have to be to really enjoy this book. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2009 by Carrie
Simply put, this is one of the most inspirational, and clearly written books I've seen. Go get it today, you will find something, even in the first few pages that stops you in your... Read morePublished on March 1 2008 by S. White