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Evel By Leigh Montville

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 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

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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 uniue slice of American culture and patriotism His jump ove 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

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R 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 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 drive way and jumping over flaming puddles of lighter fluid But as I read further into the book it became apparent that Evel was no barrel of laughs In fact he had almost no redeeming ualities Basically a mean spirited abusive asshole who was enabled by other eually reprehensible assholes uesting for ca


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 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 do

  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 many facets Evel warts and all comes alive in this book Evel Knievel came onto the scene at jus

  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 the way Montville writes makes you feel like you are sitting in a car with him listening t

  4. says:

    I finished this book but just barely The basic take away is Evel Knevil is a TOTAL ASSHOLE and an absolute douchebag and this writer really enjoys using literary devices instead of telling a story it's like she was trying to write a tall tale I stop counting how many paragraphs began with A story because it made me want to go on a murderous rampage Skip the 400 book just read a Wiki article about him instead

  5. says:

    This is what a biography should be a well researched well written examination of where a person comes from and

  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 d

  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

  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 A

  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 group My interest was further picued because I recall so little of actual Evel Knievel I ca

  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 man defined awesome for my generation His Snake River jump in 1974 remains as indelible an image my mind as the moon landings As this biography shows he was not the man we 8 year old boys thought he was He was kind of a jerk Still Montville manages to show why he was so

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