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Estselling 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 legen. I really enjoyed this biography I grew up watching Evel Knievel jump His most famous jump the failed Snake River Canyon jump occurred when I was 11 I anxiously followed it on the news on 9874 it was only broadcast on closed circuit tv the forerunner of pay per view and then watched it the following Saturday on ABC s Wide World of Sports I remember watching his final jump live on Wide World of Sports I owned an Evel Knievel stunt cycle and made my own little wooden ramp and used to jump it over my Matchbox cars I wish I d held onto it because those things are worth a lot of money todayThe author treats Knievel very even handedly giving him credit where credit is due but not attempted to make Knievel into something he was not Robert Craig Evel Knievel was not a good man While he portrayed American values to the public he was a known liar cheater adulterer and many other things He was a master showman and manipulator Ultimately the fame he so desperately Mao Zedong 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 The Monarchs Are Missing largely untold Leigh Montville once again delivers a definitive biography of a one of a kind sports Touchstone legen. I really enjoyed this biography I grew up watching Evel Knievel jump His most famous jump the failed Snake River Canyon jump occurred when I was 11 I anxiously followed it on the news on 9874 it was only broadcast on closed circuit tv the forerunner of pay per view and then watched it the following Saturday on ABC s Wide World of Sports I remember watching his final jump Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding live on Wide World of Sports I owned an Evel Knievel stunt cycle and made my own Love is Blind little wooden ramp and used to jump it over my Matchbox cars I wish I d held onto it because those things are worth a Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia lot of money todayThe author treats Knievel very even handedly giving him credit where credit is due but not attempted to make Knievel into something he was not Robert Craig Evel Knievel was not a good man While he portrayed American values to the public he was a known Sea Witch Rising Sea Witch liar cheater adulterer and many other things He was a master showman and manipulator Ultimately the fame he so desperately

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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 s Knievel repre­sented a uniue slice of American culture and patriotism His jump over. An extremely entertaining well written biography of an outlandish daredevil a man as unconventional and ostentatious as the 70 s themselves Page after page of fascinating anecdotes Knievel was so assured of his godlike invincibility after surviving numerous death defying feats he once told an escort she could treat him like a normal mortal man Another to every jump he brought a felt lined attache containing dozens bright steel parts When uestioned he explained they were replacement parts for all the rods plates and screws already in his body so that in the event of a crash doctors would have the replacement parts on hand Well researched and authoritative as possible given Knievel s propensity for exaggeration and outright lies Leigh Montville reveals a man both triumphant and catastrophic comic and tragic admirable and abominable From Knievel s beginnings as cat burglar and con man in Butte Montana dubbed Evil Knievel while spending a night in jail t

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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 B. This is what a biography should be a well researched well written examination of where a person comes from and what makes his or her life worth examining Evel Knievel was a bona fide superhero to me and my generation as we were growing up but we didn t know the whole story Montville expertly tells the rise and fall of self made man Robert Craig Knievel the moral of which is this admire Evel s achievements but don t admire the man

  • Hardcover
  • 398
  • Evel By Leigh Montville
  • Leigh Montville
  • English
  • 17 October 2017
  • 9780385527453

About the Author: Leigh Montville

Leigh Montville is a highly respected sportswriter columnist and author He is a graduate of the University of ConnecticutMontville is married to Diane Foster and has two children He lives in Massachusetts and is an ardent supporter of the Boston Red Sox.



10 thoughts on “Evel By Leigh Montville

  1. says:

    An extremely entertaining well written biography of an outlandish daredevil a man as unconventional and ostentatious as the 70's th

  2. says:

    One of the best biographies I've read in a long time Truth be told I had low expectations I was delighted to be wrong The author did his homework on this book and after completing the book I felt I had a sense of the man and his ma

  3. says:

    If I had known going into this book what Evel Knievel was really like behind the scenes I would probably have never bought a copy But that would have been a mistakeLeigh Montville is a master story teller and he picked the perfect subject Knievel's life is immensely enjoyable to read about the stories are fantastic And t

  4. says:

    I finished this book but just barely The basic take away is Evel Knevil is a TOTAL ASSHOLE and an absolute douc

  5. says:

    This is what a biography should be a well researched well written examination of where a person comes from and what makes his or her life worth examining Evel Knievel was a bona fide superhero to me and my genera

  6. says:

    Evel The High Flying Life of Evel Knievel American Showman Daredevil and Legend Like many a long winded tagline this one foreshadows whacky hi jinx and for sure there are a few chuckles early on at the expense of Evel's harebrained schemes I got to reminisce about eually idiotic stuff like building ramps in my dr

  7. says:

    While not as good as Montville's biography of Ted Williams which is the best sports biography I've ever read this is still a than competent retelling of the daredevil's career It's no surprise that Evel was a creep even as a kid in the 1970s I could sense that something about him was not on the level but the extent of his lawbreaking and c

  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this biography I grew up watching Evel Knievel jump His most famous jump the failed Snake River Canyon jump occurred when I was 11 I anxiously followed it on the news on 9874 it was only broadcast on closed circuit tv the forerunner of pay per view and then watched it the following Saturday on ABC's Wide World of

  9. says:

    This book has two niches one as a document of American hucksterism similar to a book about PT Barnum or Col Tom Parker and one as a riveting historical document to whoever happened to be an adolescent boy in the 1970s I fall into the later gro

  10. says:

    To an American boy in the early 1970s Evel Knieval was a member of the Trinity He along with the Fonz and Steve Austin the six million dollar m

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