Road to Valor

Road to Valor : A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

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The inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest" "comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend who not only won the Tour de France twice but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. In "Road to Valor, "Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartali s journey, from an impoverished childhood in rural Tuscanyto his first triumph at the 1938 Tour de France. As World War II ravaged Europe, Bartali undertook dangerous activities to help those being targeted inItaly, including sheltering a family of Jews and smuggling counterfeit identity documents in the frame of his bicycle. After thegruelingwartime years, the chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, 34-year-old underdog came back to win the 1948 Tour de France, an exhilarating performance that helped unite his fractured homeland. Based on nearly ten years of research, "Road to Valor "is" "the first book ever written about Bartali in English and the only book written in any language to explore the full scope of Bartali s wartime work. An epic tale of courage, resilience, and redemption, it is the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century."

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 24mm | 300g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, maps, frontispiece, black & white plates
  • 0307590658
  • 9780307590657
  • 244,280

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"You do not have to follow cycling to relish Bartali's story....Like Laura Hillenbrand's "Seabiscuit" before it," Road to Valor" is about an unlikely, headstrong champion who transcended his sport to make a deep impact on the broader world." - "Sports Illustrated " "The McConnons have told the story of his [Bartali's] great and greater victories powerfully and well." - "Boston Globe " "Gino Bartali was a hero....He was a cyclist who saved lives by riding throughout Italy during the second world war for a purpose higher than money or glory" - Bill Littlefield, "NPR" "This thoroughly documented biography is both inspiring and immensely enjoyable." - "Publishers Weekly " "["Road to Valor"] tells a dramatic and moving story that is virtually unknown to most readers....An important addition to World War II biography and also to the history of twentieth-century cycling." - "Booklist" "Impeccably researched and thrillingly told....This is truly an amazing tale of a poor Tuscan boy who pedaled his way not only to sports immortality, but into true heroism." -"The Globe and Mail" "'Thou shall not stand idly by' is a powerful Biblical command. In Aili and Andres McConnon's book it offers a moving example of moral courage. A simple citizen and great athlete chose to oppose a cruel and racist political dictatorship by saving Jewish victims in Italy. Was it so hard to become a hero then? It was enough--enough to remain human. And yet." - Elie Wiesel " " "The two Tours de France won by Bartali are more than mere entries in the record book of winners. The fact that they were won many years apart proves what an exceptional champion he really was. Above all, the war years separating these victories now reveal Gino to have been a true hero." - Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France "Whether you are a Tour de France fan, a history buff, or looking for an entertaining way to learn about both, "Road to Valor" will have

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About Aili McConnon

AILI McCONNON is an award-winningjournalistbased in New York.She has writtenfor "BusinessWeek, "the" New York Times," the" Wall Street Journal," and "Sports Illustrated" and has appeared on ABC, CNN, and NPR. ANDRES McCONNON is a researcher, journalist, and award-winning author who has written for "Sports Illustrated," the "Huffington Post," and the "National Post.""

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