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Book Title: Seven Deadly Sins. David Walsh|
The author of the book: David Walsh
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: December 1st 2012
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 4.6
ISBN 13: 9781471127533
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Having not known what a peloton was a few months ago (and having never watched a minute's worth of cycling before the Olympics), the Lance Armstrong doping scandal has had me on a bit of a Tour de France/professional cycling book binge of late, and SEVEN DEADLY SINS by David Walsh, one of two Irish journalists (the other being Paul Kimmage) who refused to buy the Armstrong fairytale, is my latest.
The problem with this book is that, while fascinating, its writing was obviously rushed. It must have been: Armstrong was stripped of his titles in October 2012; this book came out in December. Journalists are used to producing against crazy deadlines, so that in itself is not something that would've bothered me, but in reading the book I definitely noticed—and was distracted by—some "first draft" sentences and, at times, a haphazard approach to chronology and repetitiveness, both in events and words. (An example: "His greatest case, the BALCO case, had unfolded right on his doorstep. His work in the infamous BALCO case, involving...") As I also downloaded the Kindle Single LANCED, which is a compilation of all The Sunday Times articles about "the shaming of Lance Armstrong" which included many by David Walsh, I had a direct comparison and could see a marked difference in the polish of the writing.
We all know now the details of what we went on. What everyone doesn't know is why we didn't know until now, i.e. the story of the journalists who covered the Tour and how they were implicit in Armstrong's con. That's why SEVEN DEADLY SINS is an important book: because it reveals what lawsuit threats, bullying and Armstrong's money tried to keep quiet all these years. I really wish Walsh had just taken his time.
In SEVEN DEADLY SINS he talks about an article he wrote about Lance that was vital in terms of evidence but which for whatever reason he rushed the writing of. "When I look back at that article," Walsh writes, "it was one of the worst I've written: too much information too poorly organized. So much good was spoiled by the end product."
Now while I don't think this book is quite *that* bad—I'd still recommend it—there's certainly a case for good being spoiled by a rush to publication.
Next up: THE RISE AND FALL OF DAVID MILLAR. And Lance's upcoming "tell all" (yeah RIGHT) Oprah interview...
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