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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (30 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781471127540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471127540
  • ASIN: 1471127540
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Part memoir, part detective story, this is a fascinating account of how Irish sports journalist David Walsh spent 13 years attempting to expose the truth about now-disgraced cyclist Armstrong's doping... A gripping tale of one man's determination." --
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David Walsh is chief sportswriter for the Sunday Times and has won the UK Sportswriter of the Year title three times. For more than 13 years, he has been pursuing the Lance Armstrong story, and has written two previous books on the subject, LA Confidential and From Lance to Landis. Married with seven children, he lives in Cambridge.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2012
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The subtitle says it all really. Bordering if not actually attaining obsession, David Walsh, with others duly credited, has made it his goal over the past decade and more to expose Lance Armstrong and other cyclists as the dopers they have subsequently turned out to be. With the recent revelations now out in the open it would be easy for Walsh to adopt an "I told you so" attitude which to be fair I don't think he does in this book. Sure there is a great sense of vindication throughout but the story is told in a refreshingly candid way, personal foibles are reported there are lots of conversations described, good humour abounds, even amongst the frustration and anger, and all in all it is a very engaging read. It's not all about the bike either (sorry couldn't resist) It would appear that Irish swimmer Michele Smith amongst others being exposed as a drugs cheat played a large part in driving Walsh to expose other dopers and he has had a mixed reception amongst the cycling community in Ireland because of his work. There are numerous auto-biographical details as well, from personal tragedies to how his investigations affected his family and friends. This aspect does add a good dose of reality away from the peleton and makes the book more personal rather than an outright piece of journalism. One caveat I have to report is that I haven't actually read "From Lance to Landis" so can't say if there is a lot of repetition or not, there are some bits of journalism which are familiar to me though but it is not a straight regurgitation of these. Even so this is a fine piece of work, an incredible story excellently told.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JohnCarr on 28 Aug. 2014
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Perhaps more than any other journalist David Walsh pursued the investigation to uncover evidence that Lance Armstrong was cheating by taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
Before his cancer treatment Armstrong had competed in the Tour de France four times, finishing 36th once and withdrawing the other three times. When he came back from his treatment to lead it in 1999 – in the first of an unparalleled seven successive wins of the Tour - supposedly drug-free Walsh regarded this as “all about as logical as the Tour being led by a lobster on a bike. A lobster complete with helmet and a moving backstory about a last-minute escape from a pot of boiling water.”
Such a view wasn’t entirely popular, especially as it was directed as a man whose story was an inspiration to millions. One letter writer to Walsh’s newspaper wrote that “Sometimes people get a cancer of the spirit. And maybe that says a lot about them.” The writer was half-right. There was a cancer of the spirit but not in the spirits of those who queried the integrity of the sport and of many of its stars but a cancer in the spirit of those who cheated and – to my mind – more so in the ranks of the officials and administrators who facilitated them. (When Armstrong failed a test in ’99 he was allowed to present a back-dated doctor’s cert to allow the pretence that he wasn’t taking a banned substance but rather had been using an approved ointment).
In journalistic style Walsh recounts “the case for the prosecution” as it were and the story of those brave people who stuck their heads above the parapet to tell the truth.
Some reviews have criticized Walsh for obsessing with Armstrong rather than tackling the wider topic of doping in cycling. I think this is unfair.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 20 April 2014
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What should have been a great book by a journalist so central to the entire affair was sadly a botched job on all counts. The story rambled at best and seemed incoherent - I was only saved having read Tyler Hamiltons book prior to this. If you wish to see for yourself view the final chapter of the book which is simply a fly through of some dates and a woefully edited account of their events...

Save some time and instead read Tyler Hamiltons The Secret Race
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Jan. 2013
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Having been reading cycling books for some years, I have already read David Walsh's book "From Lance to Landis" and it was this that really made me doubt that Lance had ridden clean.
With the recent revelations and Tyler Hamilton's book - which I consider to be a GREAT read - I was expecting the new book by David Walsh to be something bigger and better than I had read by him before
Unfortunately having just re-read his other book recently I was almost questioning as to whether I had accidentally picked it up again instead of "7 Deadly Sins". It goes over almost all of the points in the other book in about the same sort of length and then when I was getting near the end of the book wondering what the difference was, I found out. There are a few brief notes about recent disclosures, work by the USADA and that's about it.
If you haven't read "From Lance to Landis" save your money and buy this one
It IS well written, it gives a GREAT insight into the people who were affected by Lance throughout his career and I think that anyone interested in that era of cycling will love it
The only reason I marked it down was that so much of it was a rehash - admittedly with a few bits added - of his previous book I felt a bit cheated.
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