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

ISBN-10: 0307590658
ISBN-13: 9780307590657
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Description: Road to Valoris the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatestcomeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II.     Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian  More...

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List price: $16.00
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 6/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Road to Valoris the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatestcomeback 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: 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.   InRoad 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 smugglecounterfeit 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 Valoris 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 Valoristhe 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.

Aili McConnon writes for BusinessWeek Magazine. She has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, CNN and ABC television and she has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Guardian. She received a B.A. in Literature with honors from Princeton, an M.Phil in literature from Cambridge University and an M.Sc. with honors in Journalism from Columbia University.Follow Aili on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AiliMcConnon

Andres McConnon is the primary researcher on the forthcoming publication, The Nazi Culture Sourcebook (University of California Press, 2009). He graduated with high honors from Princeton University and was nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship

Authors' Note
Prologue
Map of Tuscany and Umbria
Across the Arno
In the Saddle
The First Test
"Italy's Number One Sportsman"
Storm at the Summit
Map of World War II in Italy
From the Stars to the Stables
An Impossible Choice
The Counterfeiters' Ring
Free Fall
Map of France
Ginettaccio
Les Macaroni
Four Bullets
A Frozen Hell
The Road Home
Epilogue
Where They Are Now
Notes
Acknowledgments
Photo and Illustration Credits

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