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My Comeback: Up Close and Personal [Paperback]

Lance Armstrong , Elizabeth Kreutz
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3 Dec 2009
After three years in retirement following his record-setting 7th Tour de France win -- which he accomplished after successfully battling the testicular cancer that almost killed him -- Lance Armstrong announced to the world on September 24, 2008 at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, that he would return to professional cycling to help promote a Global Cancer Campaign. Comeback 2.0: Up Close and Personal is Lance Armstrong's first-person photo-journal of his 2009 comeback season with the goal to take the LIVESTRONG message around the world. Heavily illustrated with color photos and text, Lance will take readers on a thrilling ride through his dramatic comeback year.

Comeback 2.0 includes an introduction by Lance that frames his decision to return to competitive cycling followed by journal-like entries written through the course of his comeback season beginning with the Tour Down Under, followed by the Tour of California, his spectacular crash in the first stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon race in Spain that resulted in a broken collar bone, the Giro d'Italia, culminating in the Tour de France. The journal entries will accompany spectacular four-color photos, that offer breathtaking views of the race stages as well as intimate, behind-the-scenes shots. Renowned sports photographer and photojournalist Elizabeth Kreutz has been granted unparalleled access to Lance's day-to-day world in this, his most triumphant season.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press; Airport / Ireland / Export ed edition (3 Dec 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 022408318X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224083188
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 23.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,092,204 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) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars High quality with stunning photographs 3 Dec 2009
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book 28 Jan 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story - told in pictures 15 Jan 2010
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Peterreview 1 Jan 2010
A bit of a coffee table book. Lots of interesting photos, but very little text. A little disappointing in that respect, but ok for what it was attempting to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Photobiography of a legend 1 Mar 2010
As said on previous reviews, this is more of a Photobiography of one of the greatest sports men ever.

This "biography" is a very honest account of Lance Armstrong over a season. I know people who arent his biggest fans due to his outspoken way and even they have loved the book.

From the start of the season pre Leadville right through to the Giro and of course his comeback to Le Tour.

A highgly recommended read to any cycling fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lance Armstrong My Comeback 14 Feb 2010
Lance at his best, I have read all of his books and have been an admirer of Elizabeth Kreutz for some time, the way she captures the image is outstanding.

Her work with Lance over the years has captured the moment.

A must have for your bookshelf.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of lovely images 31 Jan 2010
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment 28 Jan 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars At the time of perceived greatness
To me this was a good book but after perhaps the biggest 'let down' for me in sporting history, I have downgraded it and given away all and everything related to his person. Read more
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This is the latest book by Armstrong, and my husband loved it, great photographs, and well documented throughout
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