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

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Gino 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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Road to Valor is 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.

About the Author

Aili McConnon is a staff editor at BusinessWeek, where she writes about technology, innovation, philanthropy, management, health, and the Web. She has previously written for the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, and she is coeditor of the anthology Blooming Through the Ashes. McConnon is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Cambridge, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. She also received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. In 2007 she won two Webby Awards. Andres McConnon has been a historical researcher for several books, including serving as the primary researcher on The Nazi Culture Sourcebook. He graduated with high honors from Princeton University and was nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship. Stephen Hoye has won thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards, including one for the New York Times bestseller Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. A graduate of London's Guildhall and a veteran of London's West End, Stephen 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781452607832
Author:
Mcconnon, Aili
Publisher:
Tantor Media Inc
Author:
Mcconnon, Andres
Author:
McConnon, Aili
Author:
Hoye, Stephen
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.5 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Sports
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Italy
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Bicycling » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Sports General

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