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Cold Blooded (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Jere Longman
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In October of 1996, Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The disease spread to his lungs and brain. Doctors gave him a 50-50 chance to live. Three years later, Armstrong recovered to win the first of an unprecedented seven consecutive victories in the Tour de France. He became a global hero who transcended sport. Then it all came apart. Armstrong was accused of leading the most sophisticated doping operation in elite sport. All seven of his Tour de France victories were nullified and he was banned from sport for life.

Jere Longman, an award-winning sportswriter for The New York Times and best-selling author, sifts through 1,000 pages of accusatory documents and provides a comprehensive chronology of Armstrong's undoing. He examines the pressures that cyclists felt to use performance-enhancing drugs, the pervasiveness and consuming use of banned substances and the debate about whether athletes who use these drugs should be vilified or accepted.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 226 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0DQ4MK
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #243,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Factual read 27 July 2013
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This book just lists the facts involving the case which discredited one of my sporting heroes whose story up to that moment had inspired many.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good eye-opener 23 Jan. 2013
A very well written and concise summary of the evidence against Armstrong. Well worth a read by cyclists and non-cyclists alike.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but writing off of others... 13 Nov. 2012
By Tom Josef - Published on
Longman is lining up information in his book that you have heard and read way before he brought out this book and it seems nothing but a try to ride the wake of the Armstrong scandal to boost sales of this fragmentarium of facts glued together and written with no real intensity. That's the feel this book has: a summary without plot or deeper message. Not worth reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick overview of the Armstrong case for newbies 15 Nov. 2012
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When Lance Armstrong refused to answer charges from the US Anti-Doping Agency that he'd doped extensively through his career, he all but forced the USADA to put its cards on the table. And the USADA produced -- compiling a complete printed dossier on his career in doping (known as the USADA "Reasoned Decision,") along with hundreds of pages of supporting documentation and affidavits. The resulting "data dump" was extensive and devastating to Armstrong's claims of innocence. It's all available free on the USADA website, and worth reading if you're really interested in the case.

But for a quicker read that pulls all the facts together in an organized timeline then this quickie e-book will do. It's concise, readable, and just tells the story of what happened during Armstrong's career, step by step. It relies heavily on the material in the USADA case documents, but since the author knows the sport, he is able to pull each bit of testimony about doping into context so the USADA testimony is understandable.

If you've followed the case in the news in detail, there's nothing new here. But I suspect a large number of people with a mild interest in Armstrong have gotten a little lost over the years in the bit-by-bit uncovering of Armstrong's doping, with each new revelation accompanied by denials, counterclaims, and attacks on witnesses. Finally, with the release of the USADA materials, there is enough solid testimony on the record to pull the story together in an organized way. If you're interested in a thorough yet streamlined account of how Armstrong's team indulged in performance enhance drugs, then this e-book is worth the modest cost and time investment.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new 13 Nov. 2012
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Longman just compiles information and puts in order of the time line that it happened. If you have read anything about Armstrong's doping, then you have heard this all before.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad a summary 15 Nov. 2013
By Michael Scaffardi - Published on
This is a nice overview of the USADA report. It is written in an understandable format for those who haven't followed this saga since it began. There aren't any earth shattering revelations, but it is still a quick and entertaining read. Not bad if you can borrow in Kindle lending library for free, but don't spend money on it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 17 Aug. 2013
By Cyril K - Published on
Interesting and informative on the saga of doping in cycling. Could have been longer with more information on the characters
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