I enjoyed reading this book. An alternative title could be "It's Not About the Lance." :-) That's a joke. The book is mostly about Lance Armstrong.
I'm taking off one star because criminals shouldn't profit from writing books about their crimes. (Such laws are called "Son of Sam laws.") Hamilton wasn't convicted of any crimes because the criminal investigation was dropped, apparently due to political pressure from Lance Armstrong. Still, if Hamilton were contrite about his confessed crimes he would donate his share of the book royalties to a charity.
I'm taking another star off for the audiobook reader. Sean Runnette's voice seethes contrition. Again, if Hamilton were contrite he would have read the book himself. Instead, an actor who's good at sounding contrite read it. I'm left with the suspicion that all the contrite parts were written by the ghostwriter, and that Hamilton doesn't feel so bad about his crimes.
Interesting book and well narrated. Would recommend this book to anyone interested in not only cycling but the underground drug trade. Im sure this goes on in more sports than we know.
When Tyler signs with a new team and sponsor and thereby uses EPO and seems to justify this action.
When Tyler scaoed very high in a time trial at the onset of his bicycle career.
When he made a decision to quit cycling and move on.
At the risk of being harsh there is a bit of self-righteousness here that may be infectious in our society. By this I mean there seems to be a presumption that if one acknowledges their crime they should thereby be held in high esteem. This can be a slippery slope.
I was truly impressed by Mr. Hamilton, both his story and his character. The only question is does he really speak that eloquently in real life? :) It is really a great book and a somewhat terrifying look into professional bike racing.
I was hesitant to buy the book since I saw Hamilton's interview on 60 minutes and dismissed him as a liar. I wanted to believe that Armstrong was clean, especially after reading his books. Armstrong was my hero. I know have a new hero. Tyler Hamilton's courage to open up about his doping is one of the most courageous acts I have known. To face his sins and break from of them takes a strength that few men(or women) can truly claim. Since listening to his book, I have found a new courage to do what is right no matter what the consequence. I only hope I can follow through the way he did. Thank you Tyler. I haven't lost a hero. I gained a better one.
This was a fantastic expose--finally someone willing to tell the truth about what really goes on in the professional cycling world.
Armstrong, because he is the main focus of the book besides Hamilton and people want to know weather he doped or not.
I would say yes if that is what I wanted to do.
I thought the book answered some questions about the culture and secrets of some bicycle racers and bicycling clubs and organizations.
For cycling fans this is a MUST READ. For those unfamiliar with this crazy sport the book provides enough background to make sense but the level of detail may be a bit much. The Secret Race is sometimes deeply sad, sometimes wildly humorous, sometimes riveting but always interesting. Coyle does a fine job. The quality of the writing is very high and he at least appears to have done a more than adequate job of fact checking. Although Runnette's voice seems inappropriate at first, he adds a level of sincerity that makes the story that much more believable. Like Tyler or not, this book adds perspective and detail to make sense of the whole doping situation in cycling. It's sad and unfortunate and far from black and white. An excellent read.
very interesting listen
This story answered all of the questions about doping in bike races and how they get away with it.
I have never been a bike person but have always respected the athleticism of those who are. This is an very interesting story about how they have to cheat to compete and how they get away with it. I loved listening to this book.
A well written account of cycling, the desire to compete and how the rules were twisted.
I now understand how it all works and how easy it is to love something so much you are willing to risk all. Now I wonder what other sports use these techniques.