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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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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    I first saw an excerpt of this book on Sport Illustrated's websi

    I first saw an excerpt of this book on Sport Illustrated's website--I ordered a hard copy, and now I am completely hooked--I couldn't put it down! Even though I am not a die-hard cycling fan, I was immediately swept up in this gripping historical narrative, which is sometimes heart-breaking and sometimes exhilarating. The tale of Italian life under Nazi occupation and its many cruelties and compromises reminded me of Suite Francaise, and the book's subject, Tour de France cyclist Bartali, gives an extraordinary example of how ordinary people can become heroic when pushed by extreme adversity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in WWII or cycling--or anyone who enjoys a suspenseful tale of how the human spirit can fight its way through difficulty to self-sacrifice and greatness. What an inspirational book!

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

    Let me preface this review by stating that I am a cycling fan an

    Let me preface this review by stating that I am a cycling fan and very interested in the stories of cyclists from this era. However, this book was more fascinating to me from a history of WW II perspective. It seems very well researched and I can only imagine the amount of time this must have taken the authors. Very interesting for those who are cycling fans and history buffs, as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Hard to put down

    It's rare for me to find a historical/biographical book that isn't a chore to finish. This book is well written and researched. At times it reads like a novel, taking the reader through many emotions and suspenseful moments. I didn't want the book to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    One of the best books about outstanding cycling feats and person

    One of the best books about outstanding cycling feats and personal character I have read.

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