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Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France [Hardcover]

Daniel Coyle
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 326 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Editiion First Printing edition (Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060734973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060734978
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning 5 Aug 2006
Much as I love reading books about Lance Armstrong I feel cheated having bought this one. The reason why - it is exactly the same as Daniel Coyle's other book entitled 'Lance Armstrong tour de force (tough guys, flawed heroes and one man's battle for ultimate supremacy)'

Oh I should be fair and say there is one difference, the 'Afterword' has been added to this book which isn't in the other one. So if you don't mind waiting until page 315 before you read something original then you are in for a 20 page treat!

In summary therefore, the publishers have produced books each with a different cover and title which are exactly the same. To my mind, the 20 pages extra pages in this book make it an expensive buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Identical book 3 July 2009
By Feenix
Lance Armstrongs war and Lance Armstrongs tour de force are identical books, please can you add this to your advertising of the book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After "BIKE" Read "WAR"! See Inside & Out! 25 Sep 2007
I had just finished "It's Not About The Bike" when my wife -- a keen cyclist -- turned to me and said, "That's only half the story." She handed me "Lance Armstrong's War." "Here's the other half of the story."

You know a good book when you should be doing other things and... you can't put the book down. Bills don't get paid. E-mails don't get answered. You spend too long in the loo. "WAR" is one of those books.

Naturally you need to have some passing fascination with the world of professional cycling. For me it was watching the Tour de France and wanting to know more about how it all worked. Daniel Coyle will lead any interested reader into a fascinating world...

An opera needs to be written about the Tour. The melodrama. The characters. The morality plays. The blood. The guts. The insanity. The money. The doping. The journey. The jeering crowds. The test. The human spirit. Victory and loss. It's all there, a nice thick juicy slice of Life! And a huge bite or two of that slice is in WAR.

On the cover of my copy Sports Illustrated has described WAS as a "literary tour de force." A bit of a snob when it comes to writing I noted to myself, (a) What would Sports Illustrated know about literature? and (b) Daniel Coyle's a SPORTS writer for God's sake!

And... the writing is wonderful. Great character sketches. You'll get all the ins and outs of race strategy, sponsorships, training. You'll see France. You'll get a great glimpse of what Bob (Bobke) Rolls calls Eurotrash. You'll love the wry humor and jaundiced eye. Just wait until you meet the Lance hangers-on, "The Dudes" and "The Bros." Be prepared to LOL.

So if you're at all curious about this fascinating world -- but, like me, are either too old or too wise not to join it (!) -- WAR is Highly Recommended. You're in for a good read.

Dr. Kirtland C Peterson
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Heed 12 Dec 2006
I was going to buy this one; fortunately, Amazon have their wonderful `Search Inside' feature, which unusually I made use of, and what do you know? It's exactly the same as `Lance Armstrong tour de force'. The chapter headings and the first chapter are identical: word for word. Why the publisher re-published the same book with a new title we'll probably never know; maybe they wanted to confuse everybody.

The title of the book suggests that this is a Lance Armstrong biography, but it's more than that. It's a look at the whole world of professional cycling, covering one season, and culminating in the Tour de France.

For a `factual' book, it reads like a crime thriller with the plot twisting and turning every which way it can. It contains suspense, politics, conspiracy theorists, bad guys, mad scientists and love and romance. Like every crime thriller, it has its hero: Lance Armstrong, but the book would be no where without it's rich supporting cast of cyclists like Jan Ullrich, Tyler Hamilton, Alexandre Vinokourov, Iban Mayo, Floyd Landis and Ivan Basso. The book examines their lives in almost as much details as Armstrong's: their backgrounds, how they train, and how they perceive Armstrong. It also includes a cast of none-cyclists: trainers like Dr. Michele Ferrari (aka Dr. Evil), Armstrong's ex-mechanic Anderson, now ex-girlfriend Sheryl Crow (aka Jaunita Cuervo) and many more.

We see how Armstrong has to contend with more than just winning the Tour de France; he has to contend with the multitude enemies, seemingly lead by journalist David Walsh, that are just out to get him: those that want to `prove' that he took performance enhancing drugs and in doing so make there own fortunes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK 18 Dec 2013
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Its OK now its all out about Lance, had to read it but just can't believe in or trust the guy ever again. Thats the plane truth
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