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Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil,…

by Leigh Montville

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Montville lets the reader get to know Robert "Evel" Knievel through stories and recollections. While Montville keeps his distance from the now dead daredevil by never speculating on Evel's thoughts or feelings, there is no mistaking Evel's motivations and desires. Montville paints a very clear if colorful picture of the man on the motorcycle, and it isn't a very sympathetic one. The story is told with a bit of a smirk, a nudge and a raised eyebrow that says, "Can you believe this guy?"

Witty and well written, as you read the book you will get the feeling that you know Evel, even if only in passing and from across the room.

Liar, cheat, braggart, showman, legend, American icon. Montville will introduce you to an American Hero, and show you the real man who lurks in the hero's shadow with a cocksure grin and a twinkle in his eye. ( )
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From New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville, this riveting and definitive new biography pulls back the red, white, and blue cape on a cultural icon—and reveals the unknown, complex, and controversial man known to millions around the world as Evel Knievel.Evel Knievel was a high-flying daredevil, the father of extreme sports, the personification of excitement and dan­ger and showmanship . . . and in the 1970s Knievel repre­sented a unique slice of American culture and patriotism. His jump over the fountains at Caesar’s Palace led to a crash unlike anything ever seen on television, and his attempt to rocket over Snake River Canyon in Idaho was something only P. T. Barnum could have orchestrated. The dazzling motorcycles and red-white-and-blue outfits became an integral part of an American decade. Knievel looked like Elvis . . . but on any given Saturday afternoon millions tuned in to the small screen to see this real-life action hero tempt death.But behind the flash and the frenzy, who was the man? Bestselling author Leigh Montville masterfully explores the life of the complicated man from the small town of Butte, Montana. He delves into Knievel’s amazing place in pop culture, as well as his notorious dark side—and his complex and often contradictory relationships with his image, the media, his own family, and his many demons. Evel Knievel’s story is an all-American saga, and one that is largely untold. Leigh Montville once again delivers a definitive biography of a one-of-a-kind sports legend.
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From a "New York Times"-bestselling author comes the riveting new biography that pulls back the red, white, and blue cape on a cultural icon--and reveals the unknown, complex, and controversial man known to millions around the world as Evel Knievel.

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