Braking Bad: Chasing Lance Armstrong and the Cancer of Corruption

What does the personality cult surrounding disgraced pro cyclist Lance Armstrong say about the nature of corruption in sports, business and politics?

Blending family memoir and reportage from Europe’s elite racing circuit (including access to riders such as Carlos Sastre, Ryder Hesjedel and Floyd Landis), author and journalist Richard Poplak draws out the parallels between the elaborate, tightly-knit, and cult-like regime constructed around Armstrong and the sort of corruption he’s witnessed first-hand in Africa — which given long enough, anthropomorphizes into an actual creature, this thing that sucks the lifeblood out of whole countries, communities, and individuals.

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