June 05, 2000 12:00 PM

by Lance Armstrong

In 1999, Lance Armstrong came back from testicular cancer to win the rugged Tour de France bicycle race. And his emotion-drenched memoir, written with sports-writer Sally Jenkins, should be especially useful as an example to cancer patients: He rode herd on his own treatment, insisted on multiple opinions and relentlessly questioned his doctors. The book concludes with an almost inch-by-inch account of the three-week, 2,290-mile Tour de France, which Armstrong inevitably calls “a metaphor for life.” There’s not much suspense; anyone reading the book knows who won. Still, there’s lots of drama, and as cancer success stories go, Armstrong—though sometimes self—important and self-absorbed-is the champion. (Putnam, $24.95)

Bottom Line: Cyclist peddles an inspirational story

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