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Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong Hardcover – 13 Dec 2012

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Hardback edition (13 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471127532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471127533
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
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This fascinating account of Walsh s determination in asking difficult questions reveals the sport s doping culture, the dark side of the sport and the legal battles that drug users faced --Irish Post

One of the most powerful sports books ever written...a must-read for anyone with an interest in modern sport. --sportsbookofthemonth.com

Not so much a valuable as an essential book for anyone interested in Armstrong, bike racing or doping. --New Statesman

About the Author

David Walsh is chief sportswriter for the Sunday Times and has won the UK Sportswriter of the Year title four times. For many years, he was one of the few journalists prepared to question Lance Armstrong's record, and his account of that struggle was published in Seven Deadly Sins, which won the British Sports Book Awards Biography of the Year prize, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize and later turned into the film The Program. He is also the author of Inside Team Sky, and he lives in Newmarket, Suffolk.


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Emma O Reilly, Race to Truth is better. She was there in the middle of it where this book is the result of getting info from other parties. A lot of what's in Seven Deadly Sins is in Emma's book. Also towards the end Walsh starts talking a lot about his other book, so it was like reading a book about how another book was wrote !
Still worth a read in fairness.
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bought for my husband and he thoroughly enjoyed it
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As expected, a well written account of how Walsh pursued the truth about Lance Armstrong. Even knowing the outcome, it had me turning pages with increasing speed.
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Very happy hubby. Thanks
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Having previously read The secret race by Tyler Hamilton, I wanted more information into lance armstrong and doping within cycling. Enjoyable read, but felt that the secret race pieced together the story more significantly, having enjoyed Tyler's story more than this.
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A detailed insight into the long quest for justice in the Armstrong affair.
Thank God there are journalists like David Walsh and his colleagues.
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Many of my friends would be surprised to see me reading this book - perhaps not knowing that my personal fascination with the Tour de France specifically, and cycling more generally is something that goes back nearly 30 years. I was certainly one of the 'dupes' who wanted to believe in the magic, to accept the fairy tale happy endings of the man who beat cancer and then beat the Tour, not once but seven times. I bought the lies and the claims that everybody was just out to get Armstrong, that the French just hated a bloody Yank coming over and taking their race by storm. I was disgusted when the truth eventually came out and keen to know the depths to which this lying, cheating bully and his friends in high (and low) places would go to maintain the cover up of wide-spread doping in cycling.

Knowing the outcome, the 'whodunnit' if you like, doesn't always spoil a good mystery story and it certainly doesn't lessen the power of David Walsh's very personal account of his crusade to expose the lies and cheating of Lance Armstrong. Walsh could so easily have produced a volume of self-praising 'I told you so' writing, but he doesn't. Instead he pays homage to the good guys and girls who got trampled underfoot, the peleton riders whose careers were destroyed by bully-boy Armstrong and his heavies, the team members Armstrong stomped across in pursuit of his own personal distorted ambition and the broken bodies and ruined health of those around him.

Perhaps it's hard to believe but this really is the kind of book you can't put down as the pace and the evidence starts to build. As Armstrong hides behind his charity work as a so-called 'Cancer Jesus', as if thinking a bit of fund raising will somehow exempt him from playing by the rest of societies 'rules', the reader can't help but think that in the case of Lance Armstrong, the truth really can be stranger than fiction.
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