Book Reviews of It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
It's Not About the Bike My Journey Back to Life
Author: Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins
ISBN-13: 9780399146114
ISBN-10: 0399146113
Publication Date: 5/22/2000
Pages: 275
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 58 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Putnam
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 6
While Lance Armstrong is on the arrogant side, his life story is compelling and worth knowing. He is a champion in the true sense of the word. I was even inspired.
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Helpful Score: 5
fascinating for anyone, not just athletes or cyclists
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Helpful Score: 5
Excellent book for anyone to read. You do not have to be a fan of professional cycling to get something out of this book. Inspiring!
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Helpful Score: 5
more about his life than him as a cyclist, very inspirational
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Helpful Score: 4
Such a strong man and a strong book. I felt inspired after reading and felt that accomplishment is in all of us. A great read.
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Helpful Score: 3
Great book about Lance Armstrong and the difficulties he faced. Its not about just the bike, but about the soul........
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Helpful Score: 3
An absorbing account of Lance Armstrong's battle against cancer and his struggle to regain his title after the disease and treatment ravaged his body and mind.
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Helpful Score: 3
Very insperantoinal. It made you look at your life and see how he can go though times and that you to can go though tough times.
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Helpful Score: 2
Great book. Makes me want to go out and ride.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed the book. Its a nice background to Lance's journey in his own words.
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Helpful Score: 2
Autobiography of Lance Armstrong. Follows Lance through his struggle with brain cancer. Inspiring.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed the book. I did find it inspiring and it's always interesting to hear first-hand someone's true account of how their struggles, challenges and successes really played out. Recommended!
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Helpful Score: 2
Great. I loved it. I read it on a 9 hour bus ride to Colorado and it was good company.
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Helpful Score: 1
inspirational. terrific book
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Excellent book, I did not want to stop reading it. I found him to be reactive but brutally honest and inspiring as others have said. I will read all I can find by him.I loved his decription of his cancer and bike riding. I was right there with him.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very inspirtational.
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I threw this book out. It's no longer in my non-fiction or fiction sections. He's a fake and I absolutely do not recommend anyone reading a word from this fraud.
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Helpful Score: 1
Really enjoyed this book. It was very inspirational and I have shared it with others who have found it inspirational as well. Won't give up my copy.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very inspirational, quick and easy to read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Maybe because I don't like sports?? It was very uninteresting. I would say the writing style didn't help matters. It would be nice if he (or his ghostwriter?) had more of a sense of humor.
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Incredible insight into his life
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Inspirational!
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Very inspirational journey, a quick and easy read.
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Oddly, I find that I have less respect for Lance Armstrong now than I did before reading this book. He admits that he was arrogant prior to his cancer diagnosis, and I'm not sure that "arrogant" even covers it. I found his attitude towards his mother, his family, his friends, and his medical staff to be very disrespectful. I didn't find this to be a "feel good" story at all.
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It was alright, turns out Lance is a bit of a douchebag. But a hardworking one.
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I've always been amazed by Lance's focus and determination. A few weeks ago, I was out for a bicycle ride, and two other riders passed me. I overheard part of their conversation. One said to the other "I know a journalist, and he had interviewed both Floyd Landis and Lance Armstrong. He said that Lance was a jerk, and Floyd was real nice. This is why I think Lance doped". I thought of the many charismatic criminals we have been faced with, and shook my head. As though a journalist's personal thoughts on whether someone doped or not has any merit.

I'm not a sports "hero" worshiper, and never will be. But I found this story a really good read, finished in a couple of days. It is an inspiring story, and I found a deeper respect for Lance, his character, and the many challenges he overcame in order to pursue his career. I found the end of the book to be a humble attempt to explain how he believes he survived cancer. Overall, this was a good read.
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I requested and received this book when my 25 year old nephew was very ill with testicular cancer. I learned a lot from it and it was certainly inspiring. However, Mr. Armstrong comes across as a bit of a jerk - especially in the way he treated his girlfriend and later his wife. Very easy reading and great overview of the Tour de France.
My nephew died last week so his ending did not turn out as well as Mr. Armstrong's.
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A wonderful inspiration for people going through cancer treatment (I've been through it), or for people looking to be inspired to not give up on any kind of life journey. I enjoyed the parts about the bike racing also since I'm an amateur biker.
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Very enjoyable.
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Personal and entertaining story of Lance's journey.
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Inspiring!
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An unbelievable story!
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AS a cancer survivor myself, I found this really inspiring. He overcame a lot through sheer strength of will and I know, first-hand, that stubborn refusal to give in to the disease is the first step toward beating it. I rode right with him on his "journey back to life."
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Life after cancer. It so sad but he my hero.
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Very inspirational. If you think Lance is a bit arrogant & self-centered, this story of his battle with cancer and struggles through life should change your mind a bit about his character & why he's who he is today.
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great book for any cancer patient or survivor!
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I'm a woman. I'm not a cyclist. I've never had cancer. I read mostly fiction. But this book absolutely blew me away. So much more than an athlete bio, this is a wonderfully told, brilliantly written story of a real American hero. The play-by-play cycling coverage is fascinating even to a non-cyclist and the detailed discussion of Lance's illness, treatment, and recovery is beyond inspiring. The look inside Lance's childhood, his love life, his amazing journey into fatherhood, and his role as a cancer activist is what brings the whole story home. So much more than a story of athletic achievement and cancer recovery, this is a story about triumph of the human spirit. I can't wait to root for Lance in this year's Tour de France and in the Olympics. Hopefully we'll be cheering him to victory for years to come. I have been talking about this book to anyone who will listen to me. Listen to me. Buy the book. You will not want to put it down. It is a story you will never forget.
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I read this and enjoyed it greatly before the truth came out about Lance. It's interesting to consider the narrative in the fresh light. I still think that the part of the story about battling cancer and recovering from that is interesting -- even though it turns out there's a lot he left out, and a lot that was purely untrue.
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From the back of the book: It is a book for sports fans and sports haters, for cycling enthusiasts and those who haven't ridden a bike since childhood, for cancer patients and the healthiest of the healthy, for anyone who has ever overcome odds....it's not about the bike, or about the sport. It's about the soul.
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"Lots of Drama... an inspirational story." -People
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Winner of Tour de France