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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey; First Edition edition (3 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224083155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224083157
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lance Armstrong is a fulltime cancer fighter and was a professional cyclist. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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"The seven-time Tour winner hasn't lost his ability to inspire: here he painstakingly documents his route back from retirement to the podium" (GQ)

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A full-colour photographic journey into Lance Armstrong's extraordinary 2009 Tour de France comeback year and winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover
Don't make the mistake of thinking that this is a Lance Armstrong autobiography in the style of It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life and Every Second Counts. He writes a brief introduction, but essentially it is a pictorial diary of a year in the life of Lance Armstrong, from when he made the decision to return to professional cycling through to the Tour de France earlier this year. It's a busy year with lots of training (he gets noticeably thinner over the year); racing events in Australia, the US and Europe; a broken collarbone; a new baby and lots of fundraising and campaigning for cancer research.

The photographs are all taken by Elizabeth Kreutz and they are stunning - see the examples above. They are arranged in chronological order and each is accompanied by a little explanation from Lance about what he was doing or thinking at the time. The layout of the book and the paper stock are also high quality.

Reading this book feels like you've spent a year being a fly on the wall as Lance goes about his life. It's a fascinating glimpse into his world, from the high glamour (flying in private jets and hanging out with world leaders) to the mundane (running his kids to school and playing in the backyard with them - nice backyard by the way Lance). There's even a photo of him undergoing a urine test. You certainly get an appreciation for the hard work that goes into being a professional cyclist as well as the considerable work that he does for cancer research. His relationship with his partner Anna also comes across as being very close and strong.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Capilitan on 28 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
As said, this is a photographic book, not an autobio. Yeah the small bit of text is good, but doesn't go into much detail, but it's not really supposed to. The photographs are supposed to do most of that! Buy this for the images, and they're great images at that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on 31 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
My Comeback: Up Close and Personal has lots of lovely images, many informal behind the scenes pictures and, from that point of view, it gives a very good 'fly on the wall' impression of the 2009 Tour de France etc
I've read several Lance Armstrong books - both those written by himself and by others and have followed his exploits with interest over the last few years.
Thus, his comeback was of interest and I, personally, would have preferred a little more text and background information, but that isn't what this book is about.
Interestingly, this is a book that I will keep for years to come. Having never attended the Tour, it gives a sense of the atmosphere. From time to time, when reading other books about Lance Armstrong or the Tour, I've wished there were more illustrations - this book fills those gaps.
Defintely, well worth buying. The limited text does mean that it would probably be an appropriate purchase for a young child who has an interest in cycling, the Tour, or Lance himself.
Similarly, this book would be particularly suitable for a individual who has just been introduced to his story and wants to see more - being a cancer survivor, Lance's career is followed by many cancer patients.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
Don't be mistaken: This is a collection of photographs. Inside the covers of this large, square-shaped book there are a lot of excellent photographs taken during Lance's return to competition, but there's not an awful lot to read. Lance has written a short introduction, and each photo is accompanied by a short paragraph of text explaining what is going on, many of which are along the lines of "this is me with my friend Ben Stiller". For me the photos taken out of the saddle were more interesting, especially those dealing with his life away from the racing and celebrity circuits, but my favourite shot of all was probably the one on the cover - a fabulous study of determination and power. Buy it to look at the photos, but if you want something to read and be inspired stick with the stunning "It's Not About The Bike" - I read this one from cover to cover in an hour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Collen on 15 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
Great shots, great book. But as Lance has always been so out spoken about his causes and his racing there are very few words - when you consider breaking his collarbone in preparation and who his team mate was all of these points are skimmed.
I agree great coffee table book.
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This coffee table tome certainly lives up to its subtitle of `up close and personal', providing the reader with genuine insight into the year that Lance Armstrong, seven-time winner of the Tour de France, returned from retirement.

And what a year it was too, encompassing not only a podium finish at the Tour in his racing comeback, but also the birth of a child and his second `job' promoting global cancer awareness and fund-raising through the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The book is essentially a photographic account of the twelve months following Armstrong's decision to return to racing in September 2008, annotated with his own, frequently wry, commentary.

Elizabeth Kreutz's excellent photography strikes a nice balance between journalistic and candid images, recording meetings with global heads of state, training and race preparation, and more intimate moments with his family and the seemingly ever-present drug testers. Kreutz's images capture, amongst many other moments in time, Armstrong in the company of former US presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush (possibly the ultimate in jaw-dropping name-dropping); a shot of Ben Stiller posing on Lance's bike, to which is attached a little-known tale of near-disaster (the actor broke the bike's chain mere minutes before the team time trial, necessitating a rapid repair), and the great man's obvious joy at the miraculous birth of his fourth child, Max (having been told by doctors during his cancer treatment that he would be unable to father children naturally again).

If you want Armstrong's life story, this is not the book for you. (Pick up one of his previous two autobiographies, It's Not About The Bike or Every Second Counts instead.
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