• Road to Valor (Library Edition): A True Story of WW II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

    Road to Valor (Library Edition): A True Story of WW II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation (CD-Audio) By (author) Aili McConnon, By (author) Andres Mcconnon, Narrator Stephen Hoye

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    DescriptionGino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend: the man who not only won the Tour de France twice, but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. During the ten years that separated his hard-won triumphs, his actions, both on and off the racecourse, ensured him a permanent place in Italian hearts and minds. In Road to Valor, Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartali's journey, starting in impoverished rural Tuscany where a scrawny, mischievous boy painstakingly saves his money to buy a bicycle and before long, is racking up wins throughout the country. At the age of 24, he stuns the world by winning the Tour de France and becomes an international sports icon. But Mussolini's Fascists try to hijack his victory for propaganda purposes, derailing Bartali's career, and as the Nazis occupy Italy, Bartali undertakes secret and dangerous activities to help those being targeted. He shelters a family of Jews in an apartment he financed with his cycling winnings and is able to smuggle counterfeit identity documents hidden in his bicycle past Fascist and Nazi checkpoints because the soldiers recognize him as a national hero in training. After the grueling wartime years, Bartali fights to rebuild his career as Italy emerges from the rubble. In 1948, the stakes are raised when midway through the Tour de France, an assassination attempt in Rome sparks nationwide political protests and riots. Despite numerous setbacks and a legendary snowstorm in the Alps, the chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, 34-year-old underdog comes back and wins the most difficult endurance competition on earth. Bartali's inspiring performance helps unite his fractured homeland and restore pride and spirit to a country still reeling from war and despair. Set in Italy and France against the turbulent backdrop of an unforgiving sport and threatening politics, Road to Valor is the breathtaking account of one man's unsung heroism and his resilience in the face of adversity. Based on nearly ten years of research in Italy, France, and Israel, including interviews with Bartali's family, former teammates, a Holocaust survivor Bartali saved, and many others, Road to Valor is the first book ever written about Bartali in English and the only book written in any language to fully explore the scope of Bartali's wartime work. An epic tale of courage, comeback, and redemption, it is the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century.


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    Title
    Road to Valor (Library Edition)
    Subtitle
    A True Story of WW II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Aili McConnon, By (author) Andres Mcconnon, Narrator Stephen Hoye
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452637839
    ISBN 10: 1452637830
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000, BIO016000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY20
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, HIS010000, HIS020000
    Ingram Subject Code: JA
    Libri: I-JA
    BISAC V2.8: SPO011000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55500
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 796.6/2092
    LC classification: GV1051.B37 M35 2012B
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    12 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    A Canadian journalist based in New York, Aili McConnon has written for "BusinessWeek," the "New York Times," the "Wall Street Journal," and the "Guardian." Andres McConnon has been a historical researcher for several books, including serving as the primary researcher on "The Nazi Culture Sourcebook." Stephen Hoye has won more than a dozen "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards, including one for "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert T. Kiyosaki. He has recorded many other notable titles, such as "Every Second Counts" by Lance Armstrong and "The Google Story" by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed.
    Review quote
    "A workmanlike biography that fills in some of the gaps of this strange, troubling time." ---Kirkus