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Every Second Counts [Paperback]

Lance Armstrong
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Book Description

1 July 2004

In 1999, Lance Armstrong made world headlines with the most stunning comeback in the history of sport after battling against life-threatening testicular cancer just eighteen months before returning to professional cycling. His first book, It's Not About the Bike, charted his journey back to life and went on to become an international bestseller.

Now, in his much-anticipated follow-up, Armstrong shares more details of his extraordinary life story, including the births of his twin daughters Grace and Isabel. Never shy of controversy, Armstrong offers, with typical frankness, his thoughts on training, competing, winning and failure. He also tells of the work he did for the foundation he created following his dramatic recovery, addresses the daunting challenge of living in the aftermath of cancer and treatment, and shares further inspirational tales of survival.

A fresh outlook on the spirit of survivors everywhere, Every Second Counts is an account of a man who strives every day to meet life's challenges - whether on his bike or off.

Every Second Counts was first published in October 2003. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013, Lance Armstrong admitted to having taken performance enhancing drugs in all seven of the Tours de France in which he competed between 1999 and 2005. He was officially stripped of these wins by the UCI, the world governing body for cycling, in 2012.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey; New Ed edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863253955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224064736
  • ASIN: 0224064738
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"With sports books, as in the cinema, sequels usually disappoint. But cycling legend Lance Armstrong's follow-up to his bestseller It's Not About the Bike is an exception" Sunday Telegraph 20040719

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4 of 4 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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes You get off your backside! 1 Sep 2004
By A Customer
I read this book on holiday whilst lazing by the pool in sunny Spain. I was once very athletic but middle age has taken a grip and now I am overweight and get out of breath just running up stairs. The lesson in this book is not to take life for granted. Lance Armstrong says he is happier to have had cancer (and recovered) than to have won the Tour de France. This is because it has given him perspective. He is obviously a driven singleminded character and we can't all have that trait. But inspired by the book I rose from my poolside lounger and swam fifty lengths of the pool. Since my holiday I have exercised everyday, changed my diet and am determined to make "every second count" The book also gives great detail about the workings of the Tour de France and the camaraderie in the team
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3 of 3 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
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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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
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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life worth living 19 Aug 2004
By mary
Having read "its not about the bike" I was compelled to obtain "every second counts" as quickly as possible. This book enables even the most ignorant spectator of cycle racing and the Tour de France in particular to appreciate how much more is involved in this sport than the pedalling of the routes of France we see on television. The details Lance Armstrong provides brings both the race and the figures in the peleton to life.
However, much deeper than the insight into this famous race, is the appreciation the reader is able to experience of a very human man with very human failings but incredible strength of purpose and character. He leaves you with the determination to make all your own seconds count.
These books had a profound impact on me and I feel grateful to have been able to read them.
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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
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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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 2 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 2 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 2 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 9 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 18 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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