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Every Second Counts [Kindle Edition]

Lance Armstrong
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In the opening of Lance Armstrong's memoir, Every Second Counts (coauthored by Sally Jenkins), he reflects: "Generally, one of the hardest things in the world to do is something twice." While he is talking here about his preparation for what would prove to be his second consecutive Tour de France victory in 2000, the sentiment could equally be applied to the book itself. And just as Armstrong managed to repeat his incredible 1999 tour victory, Every Second Counts repeats--and, in some ways exceeds—the success of his bestselling first memoir, It's Not About the Bike.

Every Second Counts confronts the challenge of moving beyond his cancer experience, his first Tour victory and his celebrity status. Few of Armstrong's readers will ever compete in the Tour de France (though cyclists will relish Armstrong's detailed recounting of his 2000-2003 tour victories), but all will relate to his discussions of loss and disappointment in his personal and professional life since 1999. They will relate to his battles with petty bureaucracies, such as the French court system during the doping scandal that almost halted his career. And they will especially relate to constant struggles with work/life balance.

In the face of September 11--which arrives halfway through the narrative (just before the fifth anniversary of his diagnosis)--Armstrong draws from his experiences to show that suffering, fear and death are the essential human condition. In so openly using his own life to illustrate how to face this reality, he proves that he truly is a hero--and not just because of the bike. In Every Second Counts he is to be admired as a human being, a man who sees every day as a challenge to live richly and well, no matter what hardships may come. --Patrick O'Kelley, Amazon.com

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In the opening of Lance Armstrong's memoir, Every Second Counts (coauthored by Sally Jenkins), he reflects: "Generally, one of the hardest things in the world to do is something twice." While he is talking here about his preparation for what would prove to be his second consecutive Tour de France victory in 2000, the sentiment could equally be applied to the book itself. And just as Armstrong managed to repeat his incredible 1999 tour victory, Every Second Counts repeats--and, in some ways exceeds—the success of his bestselling first memoir, It's Not About the Bike.

Every Second Counts confronts the challenge of moving beyond his cancer experience, his first Tour victory and his celebrity status. Few of Armstrong's readers will ever compete in the Tour de France (though cyclists will relish Armstrong's detailed recounting of his 2000-2003 tour victories), but all will relate to his discussions of loss and disappointment in his personal and professional life since 1999. They will relate to his battles with petty bureaucracies, such as the French court system during the doping scandal that almost halted his career. And they will especially relate to constant struggles with work/life balance.

In the face of September 11--which arrives halfway through the narrative (just before the fifth anniversary of his diagnosis)--Armstrong draws from his experiences to show that suffering, fear and death are the essential human condition. In so openly using his own life to illustrate how to face this reality, he proves that he truly is a hero--and not just because of the bike. In Every Second Counts he is to be admired as a human being, a man who sees every day as a challenge to live richly and well, no matter what hardships may come. --Patrick O'Kelley, Amazon.com


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (30 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ELY7ME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars he is a cheat 27 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What can I say - I liked him but know I do not
He is a cheat and that is that - I would not recommend you buy this and line his pockets any more
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A work of fiction as has now been proved 18 Mar 2013
By Nicc
Format:Kindle Edition
I recommend that you read Tyler Hamilton's book about the same period instead. It's an amazing read even if you know nothing about pro cycling and gives a more accurate view of just what an "inspirational hero" Lance is.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great motivational read 30 Nov 2004
By Elizabeth Taylor VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Why did I buy this book? Well I guess because as I live in France I have come to appreciate the Tour de France. Living in the UK I used to think bike racing was dull as a television experience, I mean watching a load of blokes cycle what's the interest in that? What you come to appreciate about the Tour is that its a chess game on wheels, a test of one man's will over another, its about tactics and its about slogging your guts up, white your legs are aching up a very steep hill. Now if you watch the Tour de France you can't help but notice Lance Armstrong, to start with, he keeps winning it. So when I saw this book at the airport I bought it, because I wanted to understand more about the person who the French have a real love/hate relationship with. I mean why would they boo a guy who has survived cancer and moreover created a foundation to help other people.
What I learnt was that this is not an easy guy to deal with, he is so obsessive about winning the tour he studies how to take milliseconds off time and takes enjoyment from cycling up mountains twice. I also learnt a bit around the cancer story (which I was not really aware of) and how some of the self determination and will to win comes from that experience.
The writing style is odd, it reads like a blog or if Lance is reading into a tape thoughts on his mind, so I wonder what the relationship is between him and the co-author. In fact the writing style and the short length of the book were the negative points for me. I somehow felt there might be more he could share but then again I guess this is his style, so if you are looking for a great piece of writing you've come to the wrong place. Its also not really an explanation of the cancer experience (I guess thats in the first volume).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I remember the (scant British) TV coverage of some of the races described here... heart-pounding stuff! So I have a lot of admiration for any of the participants and nothing but awe for anyone who wins such a grueling race! Now I have been counting up those years because I can't quite believe anyone could win the Tour de France for seven years in a row! Added to this the fact that this man is a survivor of advanced-stage cancer!!

But what about the book? - it is very easy to read - I finished in two or three days and only tiredness forced my to turn out the light! Whatever the contribution of Sally Jenkins it sounds like the voice of Lance Armstrong throughout with no detectable seams. It is well structured too - even if you are familiar with the main events the story comes alive again through Lance's perspective and insights. It is not too technical, ie. you don't have to be a bike fanatics to enjoy!

Do we get to see the inner man? Are the secrets of his success revealed? This is not a "How to..." book, but there are signs: self-belief, preparation, concentration, demanding of self and others, acceptance of pain, prepared to take risks, not giving up, acknowledging and rewarding others, sharing success, developing talent in others..... all good lessons no matter what our goals in life.

But there is also an attempt to paint a balanced and honest picture of this life - we hear about fears of a return of cancer, frustration at the press and French judicial system promoting and exhaustively trying to prove drug abuse, almost despair at the idleness outside the training/race season, the pain at not preventing the break-up of a marriage, and even admission of failure to be as inspirational as expected!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good follow-up to a sensational story 8 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
Every Second Counts is built on the fascinating first book, It's Not About The Bike.
Although I found the first book more interesting than this one, it's certainly worth reading, to get a more in-depth analysis of Lance's life after cancer by Lance himself. As he has already told his story in It's Not About the Bike, Every Second Counts is not as heart-gripping, as there is not very much new that has happened when this book is written. He tells of his next two Tour de France victories, making it four at that time, the build up of the team (US Postal Service), and the success of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Definitely worth the read if you found It's Not About the Bike interesting!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 time tour champ, one hit book wonder... 10 Oct 2003
Format:Hardcover
I idolise the man, read his brilliant first book countless times, bought my copy of this as soon as it hit the shelves, read it straight through that evening.... and felt nothing.
A life story should be told once. The charm of 'It's not about the bike' was in Lance's description of his childhood, his diagnosis, his treatment and recovery and his marriage etc. An insight into the man that came straight from the horse's mouth (almost..) and served to give some idea of what makes him tick.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing terrible about this book, but there's also nothing raw. It might as well be a collection of exerpts from every magazine article he's given, bigging up all his team mates etc. in a way that really reflects his recent, more guarded nature.
Understandably the man wants more privacy, but that's a good enough reason not to write a second book at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
My husband ..a keen cyclist--- enjoyed the book ---- nothing special to say about it-----no moe to say about it
Published 7 months ago by M. Steinmann
3.0 out of 5 stars shame
While reading this book he seems such a committed family man,shame about the crap that has come out in the last few years
Published 7 months ago by mr c g whitlock
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought before the subsequently revelations
Everything in here needs to be taken with a grain of salt now that the revelations of last year on the drug taking endemic in the sport. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms Belle
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
A really good book, it gives a fascinating account into Armstrong, made all the more interesting by his recent admissions
Published 14 months ago by chris grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Every second counts
This gripping and entertaining book was a sequel to 'It's not about the bike' and was also ghost written by Sally Jenkins. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Cycling Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction Armstong 2000-2005
I origonally wrote this review before Armstrong's confession, as much as I do not like the man. I can't fault his writing he as almost as good a writer as he is a liar, so the book... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2012 by K. G. A. Alavi
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
My book arrived very promptly, well packaged and protected. It is in excellent condition and now read!! Many thanks to you.
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Act
Armstrong's follow up to 'its not about the bike' is just as life affirming and as awe inspiring. The man is a role model not just for the work he does for the charity or his... Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the man you need to read this..
I'm a big Lance fan so I would say this but reading this book has given me inspiration both on the bike and off it. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars "It is about the bike"
Having originally read It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to LifeI was amazed by the story, so the follow up "every second counts" was a must read for me. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2009 by V. Doyle
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