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The Race to Truth: Blowing the whistle on Lance Armstrong and cycling's doping culture by [O'Reilly, Emma]
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"Impartial, honest, brave... the definitive account of those years." (Irish Examiner, Books of the Year)

"Fascinating." (Irish Times, Books of the Year)

"Of all the depictions of Armstrong over the years, this is the most empathetic, unrelenting in its depiction of the doping monster, yet ultimately it is also forgiving." (The Guardian)

"Balanced and inspiring... Emma O'Reilly writes with great courage and honesty." (Julie Knowles, Waterstones)

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A stunning memoir by the first person to expose Lance Armstrong's doping, her betrayal by the sport of cycling, and her ultimate redemption - with a Foreword by Lance Armstrong himself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9603 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552171077
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593074068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593074060
  • ASIN: B00ITVYVXY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having read and seen most things that Walsh, Kimmage, Tyler and Armstrong have had to say on this subject I wasn't expecting much from this book. Arguably, a little late to the party in terms of timing, one might be forgiven for thinking it will be a quick and somewhat hollow account from one of the last people left not to write a book about Armstrong. However, I was surprised, it is fair to say that this book is up there with The Secret Race by Hamilton.

It's balanced and provides a unique perspective from someone not only on the inside but with a personal relationship with Armstrong, someone directly responsible for his wellbeing rather than a journalist or fellow competitor/teammate - as such it offers something fresh. So often the media polarises accounts of individuals to create the 'story' - happily this book steers clear of the harshness that can be found in other accounts such as 'Seven Deadly Sins' - where there appears to be as much of an underlying vendetta from the author as that which is eventually waged by Armstrong. Instead, it is a gentler view from someone who experienced the regard and wrath of Armstrong.

In addition to the account of what unfolded, you get a real insight into the life of someone working in sport - the hard work for little financial gain - long hours, ego management....i think many dreaming of a life on the road with a pro cycling team could be put off by this account but it does make you think what a gritty determined woman O'Reilly must be!

In short, great book, Wouldn't surprise me that when all the crap biopics have been made with the usual terrible scripts - that telling the story of Emma O'Reilly on film could be the real success.
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Excellent book. Fascinating story, I couldn't put it down. Would recommend it to anyone, not just for cycling fans. Gave me a real back stage look at cycling. Emma is such a strong person, this tale of forgiveness is empowering and at times deeply moving. Must read for anyone!
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This is a remarkable testimony to the strength and moral courage of a young lady caught in the morass of mass cheating on a global scale. Not only did her own personal integrity lead her to put her head above the parapet and break cycling's "omerta" but her strength of character, exemplary moral standards and tenacity enabled her to withstand the vitriolic onslaught of personal attack and denigration which followed and to remain firm in the face of the litigious leviathan that was unleashed against her. The simple fact that after enduring that two pronged attack for years she has the human spirit to forgive stands her head and shoulders above mere mortals. She remains one of the very very few who genuinely believes and more critically has the courage to say that the bright light of truth is required to shine into the darkest depths of the highest echelons of the sport's hierarchy before the sport can truly be considered cleansed.
I am honored to have had the privilege of reading this truly remarkable book by and about an exemplary person.
Thank you, Emma
Be lucky
David S. Truman
P.S. As a bonus it's a damned good read too !
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Having read Tyler Hamiltons book and then Seven Deadly Sins it was very interesting to get another perspective. Really enjoy this book and could not put it down. I certainly recommend this to anyone interested in the whole Lance saga
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Opinions about Lance Armstrong rarely seem to be anything but black or white, but in her excellent book Emma O'Reilly has given us a riveting and nuanced view from the centre of events. We have the whole cast of alpha-males beating their breasts. Legions of lawyers, publishers, professional bodies, journalists and sponsors protecting their interests. And the riders & support staff simply trying to hang on to their livelihoods. Everyone of these would tell a different story, but O'Reilly's is probably one of the ones with the least vested interest.
I read a lot of cycling books, and it's rare to find one written from this perspective and to learn some of the minutiae of how racing teams are organized.
Clearly this book cannot, and doesn't, try to cover the whole story of L.A.'s time in the sport. But rather than reading yet another biography from a rider cashing in on one final pay-day after taking advantage of USADAs amnesty, this is an almost unique opportunity to get another perspective on the picture. More than just a sports book about the cycling world, we also witness the Kafkaesque nightmare of being in the eye of a media storm and almost universally disbelieved.
Along with Charly Wegelius's Domestique, Michael Hutchinson's Faster, and Edward Pickering's Race Against Time, this is an excellent recent addition to my library.
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Emma reveals the dilemma of being part of a dishonest system, the importance of having a strong moral compass and the determination to ensure that the truth prevails. Thought provoking and a great read.
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What a great book, a real insight into the side of cycling you don't see. At times you can't help but hate Lance Armstrong for what he said and done to cover up his doping, but by the end of the book you have to feel for him, like he said "he didn't invent doping, he inherited it" the world of cycling is in need of cleaning up and it takes people like Emma o`Reilly to get the ball rolling. A very good book, chapeau Emma
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