Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong

Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong

by Juliet Macur


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Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur

The definitive account of Lance Armstrong's spectacular rise and fall.

In June 2013, when Lance Armstrong fled his palatial home in Texas, downsizing in the face of multimillion-dollar lawsuits, Juliet Macur was there—talking to his girlfriend and children and listening to Armstrong's version of the truth. She was one of the few media members aside from Oprah Winfrey to be granted extended one-on-one access to the most famous pariah in sports.

At the center of Cycle of Lies is Armstrong himself, revealed through face-to-face interviews.

But this unfolding narrative is given depth and breadth by the firsthand accounts of more than one hundred witnesses, including family members whom Armstrong had long since turned his back on—the adoptive father who gave him the Armstrong name, a grandmother, an aunt. Perhaps most damning of all is the taped testimony of the late J.T. Neal, the most influential of Armstrong's many father figures, recorded in the final years of Neal's life as he lost his battle with cancer just as Armstrong gained fame for surviving the disease.

In the end, it was Armstrong's former friends, those who had once occupied the precious space of his inner circle, who betrayed him. They were the ones who dealt Armstrong his fatal blow by breaking the code of silence that shielded the public from the grim truth about the sport of cycling—and the grim truth about its golden boy, Armstrong.

Threading together the vivid and disparate voices of those with intimate knowledge of the private and public Armstrong, Macur weaves a comprehensive and unforgettably rich tapestry of one man's astonishing rise to global fame and fortune and his devastating fall from grace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062277237
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 644,225
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Juliet Macur is an award-winning reporter at the New York Times, whose work has been anthologized in the Best American Sports Writing series. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, she grew up in New Jersey and now lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, daughter, and Labrador retriever. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1 Lies of the Family 11

Part 2 Lies of the Sport 49

Part 3 Lies of the Media 123

Part 4 Lies of the Brotherhood 179

Part 5 Lies of the American Hero 227

Part 6 The Truth 323

Epilogue 395

Acknowledgments 407

Notes 413

Selected Bibliography 451

Index 453

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Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
4-the-Love-of-the-Game More than 1 year ago
Journalism extraordinaire! A no holds barred account of the Armstrong rise and fall. Truly well researched and detailed-filled. Macur's work reveals the "why" behind the lie. I was curious about what could be new, and surprisingly found about 80 percent of the content new information never covered before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE…was a long time coming to Mr. Armstrong and he has paid dearly for his lies. A sad but rewarding ending to an unforgivable sham.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its hard to believe this book has not jumped into a big time best seller. She has broke down what all the cheaters have been doing in the sports world. They really had no shame. Armstrong was the biggest fraud in America and that includes bernie Maddoff.