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    Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation (Paperback) By (author) Aili McConnon, By (author) Andres Mcconnon

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    DescriptionThe 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 Tuscany to his first triumph at the 1938 Tour de France. As World War II ravaged Europe, Bartali undertook dangerous activities to help those being targeted in Italy, including sheltering a family of Jews and smuggling counterfeit identity documents in the frame of his bicycle. After the grueling wartime 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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    Road to Valor
    A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Aili McConnon, By (author) Andres Mcconnon
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 316
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307590657
    ISBN 10: 0307590658

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4
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    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24400
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    BIC subject category V2: WSQ
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000
    DC22: 796.62092
    DC21: 796.62092
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, HIS020000
    B&T Approval Code: A14204063
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A09403000
    BISAC V2.8: SPO011000
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    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps, frontispiece, black & white plates
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    11 June 2013
    Author Information
    AILI McCONNON is an award-winning journalist based in New York. She has written for "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."
    Review quote
    Winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award - Biography Winner of the Christopher Award Winner of the Mazzei Award "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 yo