This is one of the best books I have listened to in a VERY long time!! The history itself is so fascinating it beats every piece of fiction out there. It is a secret world that Hamilton reveals and it feels as if he tells us everything. He paints a truly scary but also a sad portrait of Armstrong but he also openly tells of all his own mistakes - the rules he broke and the lies he told. The mindblowing accounts of the extent to which systematic doping took place and the methods applied is one part of it but the tales of the races, the tactics and the intrigues are almost equally interesting. During the beginning of the book I became more and more sceptical towards cycling but later on I found myself being curious and intrigued. I have never understood how some people can spend so much time following bike races but I might just tune in to the next tour de France!
Agassi is quite a character, probably leaving nobody indifferent or even neutral. His story is really interesting and it is told with an impressive level of detail. There are no doubt other versions of the stories he tells and more than one side to his accounts of e.g. disputes with players like Becker, Connors and Muster - but it is still fun to read! He tries to distance himself from his bad boy image and although he gains some sympathy I still get the feeling it was not completely unjustified in the first place.... Irrespective of white you think of all of this I think you will enjoy the read/listen!
I have been quoting this book to friends on several occasions since finishing it. Or rather, since beginning to listen to it! I think that says a lot. It inspired me in the same kind of way as Freakonomics did when I read it a number of years ago. There is more reasoning in Outliers and it is more down to earth but there are similarities in how theories and models are applied to the things we all can relate to.
I rank it very high but it is difficult to specify. It is definitly more intriguing and exciting than most crime novels I have read - and this is for real! So if you like that kind of books, this is an excellent choice.
I don't have a specific book to compare to. I would compare it to the crime stories most of us read but this is an unusually interesting and fascinating one - that happens to be true!
Yes! And I almost did... Not quite true, but it took only a few very long sessions.
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