Well documented but I bit confusing,
This review is from: 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 (Paperback)
The book is written by a sports journalist who chose to relocate his family and spend quite some time in Europe, following Lance Armstrong around, finding a way into his entourage - Lance's Planet - and his busy on- and off-competition schedule built around 2005 Tour de France.
The book is written in a supposedly objective tone and the author tries to keep it up firmly, but by the halfway mark the reader finds herself a bit confused, as if she doesn't know what and who to believe anymore. Personally, I thing that comes from the author's inability to decide whether he likes Armstrong or not.
For the record, I'm a major fan of Armstrong's, so whatever I read on the subject, I interpret with the same reverence and LA-rules attitude I have for quite some time now. So I looked at the book through my fan lenses and I took the best out of it. But that didn't stop me from sensing hesitation all along, a somewhat unclear portrayal of LA, like he cannot decide whether he's a good guy or a bad ass.
I read Lance's books - "It's not abut the bike" and "Every second counts" - and absolutely loved them. I found an extremely ambitious guy in there but not a robot. A dedicated disciplinarian, but not a machine. And perhaps that is the reson I'm a bit confused about this book, because it portrays LA like some sort of robotical mathematician figure, as opposed to his opponents who are "the most talented rider", "the best climber", etc. Lance is nowhere described as "the best" anything, which lives me longing for some praise. Com'on man, you chose to write a book about this guy, don't you have antthing to say about his abilities?
Other than that, the book is very well documented and researched, with several stories-in-story, with interviews and insights that only a truly dedicated cycling fan would uncover. Definitely a go for those interested in the subject.