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The Best Books I Read This Month (July 2012)

If the calendar says July, then that means books on cycling hit the bookshelves.  Two books were released last year in England, but were just now available in the United States.  As you might expect, I read them both.

The first, Slaying the Badger:  Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour De France by Richard Moore takes the reader behind the scenes of one of the greatest Tours ever.  Lemond and Hinault were on the same team, but fought to win the Tour that year.  In the previous year, Lemond had helped Hinault win and in appreciation for Lemond’s help, he promised to do likewise the following year.  Lemond won, but without any help from Hinault.

The second, Racing Through The Dark by David Millar, is Millar’s autobiography wherein he details the choices in life that led him to doping as a cyclist and his eventual arrest.  Millar now races for Garmin as an avid anti-doping spokesperson and his book was great.

A few other enjoyable books this month:

  • Dream Team:  How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and The Greatest Team Of all Time Conquered The World And Changed The Game Of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum.  An engaging, behind-the-scenes look at the 1992 Men’s Olympic basketball team.  I’d completely forgotten that Isaiah wasn’t on that team.
  • Along The Way by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez-  A back and forth memoir by father and son as they give their separate takes on the seminal moments in their lives.  Interspersed in the background is their making of the movie, The Way, about a Catholic father on a pilgrimage.
  • Take This Bread:  A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles-  A very different and thought provoking spiritual memoir.
  • Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft
  • Conversations with David Foster Wallace (edited by Stephen Burn)- The collected interviews of the deceased author David Foster Wallace.
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