ROAD TO VALOR A TRUE STORY OF WWII ITALY THE NAZIS AND THE CYCLIST WHO INSPIRED A NATION

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Road To Valor

Author : Aili McConnon
ISBN : 9780307590664
Genre : History
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Road to Valor is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback 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. In Road 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 smuggle counterfeit 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 Valor is 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 Valor is the 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.
Category: History

En Cyclo Pedia

Author : Johan Tell
ISBN : 9781784725655
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In En Cyclo Pedia Johan Tell - award-winning Swedish writer and cycling obsessive - uncovers the very soul of cycling, exploring and explaining the many and varied stories that form the basis of cycling culture. Beautifully illustrated, with hundreds of entries ranging from Tour de France stages to illegal Alley Cat races, and cult heroes to cycling slang, Tell provides a personal insight into this complex world that only a cycling junkie can. From a pilgrimage to the Bianchi factory in Milan to scouring the streets of New York for the origins of the fixie, via the bicycle cafés of Barcelona and the cobblestones of Flanders, En Cyclo Pedia is a complete A to Z guide to the unique, indescribable character of global bike culture. Entries include: - Alley Cat Race - Bianchi - BMX - Brooks - Cafés - Campagnolo - Carbon Fibre - Drag - Environment - Films - Fixie - Grand Tours - Hand-built - Hipster - Lycra - Mountains - Nutrition - Oudenaarde - Paris-Roubaix - Quicksilver - Rouleur - Scalatore - Shaved Legs - Style - Tattoos - Ultracycling - Velodrome - XC - Zedler ...and many more
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Holocaust An Encyclopedia And Document Collection 4 Volumes

Author : Paul R. Bartrop
ISBN : 9781440840845
Genre : History
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This four-volume set provides reference entries, primary documents, and personal accounts from individuals who lived through the Holocaust that allow readers to better understand the cultural, political, and economic motivations that spurred the Final Solution. • Provides an easily readable encyclopedic collection of secondary source materials, such as reference entries, maps, and tables, that offer a breadth of content for understanding the Holocaust • Examines a broad range of themes relating to the Holocaust, enabling readers to consider important questions about the historical experience and its implications for today • Includes two volumes of primary source material that introduce users to the cultural, political, and economic motivations that spurred the Final Solution • Presents memoirs and personal narratives that showcase the experiences of survivors and resistors who lived through the chaos and horror of the Final Solution • Includes a comprehensive bibliography that serves as a gateway to further research
Category: History

Italy S Jews From Emancipation To Fascism

Author : Shira Klein
ISBN : 9781108424103
Genre : History
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Mining new sources, Klein tells the dramatic story of Italy's Jews, from emancipation to Fascism, the Holocaust, and postwar myth-making.
Category: History

Frau Einstein

Author : Marie Benedict
ISBN : 9783462317251
Genre : Fiction
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War Albert Einsteins erste Frau Mileva Maric das eigentliche Genie in der Familie? Dieser Roman rückt zum ersten Mal Mileva Maric in den Mittelpunkt der Geschichte um die Entdeckung der Relativitätstheorie. Die erste Frau des Nobelpreisträgers war maßgeblich beteiligt an seinen wissenschaftlichen Errungenschaften. Marie Benedict zeichnet eine atemberaubende Liebes- und Emanzipationsgeschichte nach, die Albert Einstein in ein völlig anderes Licht stellt. Zürich 1896: Mileva Maric, aufgewachsen in ärmlichen Verhältnissen in Serbien, ist eine der ersten Frauen, die am Polytechnikum studieren dürfen. Gegen alle Vorurteile und Widerstände gehört die ehrgeizige junge Frau bald zu den Besten ihres Faches. Ihr großes Talent für Mathematik bleibt auch einem ihrer Kommilitonen, dem charismatischen Physikstudenten Albert Einstein, nicht lange verborgen. Die beiden tauschen sich über ihre Arbeit aus, verlieben sich und werden ein Paar. Zusammen arbeiten sie an der Relativitätstheorie, zunächst weitgehend gleichberechtigt. Doch als Mileva schwanger wird und ihre gemeinsame Forschung die erste öffentliche Aufmerksamkeit erhält, wird sie immer unsichtbarer im Schatten ihres Mannes, der als strahlendes Genie bis heute weltberühmt ist. Marie Benedict erzählt in ihrem biografischen Roman die wahre Geschichte einer Frau, die mit ihrer Forschung Bahnbrechendes geleistet hat und dennoch bis heute eine Unbekannte ist.»Die bewegende Geschichte von Albert Einsteins erster Frau, einer brillanten Wissenschaftlerin, die ihr Leben in seinem Schatten fristen musste.« Sue Monk Kidd, Autorin von »Die Bienenhüterin«
Category: Fiction

Die Br Cke Von Arnheim

Author : Cornelius Ryan
ISBN : 3100688015
Genre : Arnheim / Geschichte / Wehr- und Kriegsgeschichte
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Category: Arnheim / Geschichte / Wehr- und Kriegsgeschichte

Die Juden Im Faschistischen Italien

Author : Michele Sarfatti
ISBN : 9783110373516
Genre : History
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This book presents the history of the Jews living in Fascist Italy. Starting with a survey of the political and social situation of Jews, it goes on to describe their progressive disenfranchisement, from the deprivation of rights to the deprivation of life – the latter of which occurred especially in collaboration between the Italian Social Republic (Salò) and German authorities, who became a de facto occupying power as of 1943.
Category: History

Lance Armstrong

Author : Juliet Macur
ISBN : 9783841903457
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Lance Armstrong und das Rad der Lügen: Juliet Macur, Sportreporterin bei der New York Times, liefert die erste umfassende Darstellung, wie das System Armstrong über Jahrzehnte funktionieren konnte. Kollegen, Kontrolleure, Sportorganisationen, Sponsoren, Medien und selbst die Familie – sie alle wurden von Lance und seinen Helfern belogen, betrogen und unter zum Teil massiven Druck gesetzt. Das Buch, das auf intensiven Gesprächen mit Lance Armstrong und zahlreichen Interviews mit alten Weggefährten basiert, enthüllt die Zusammenhänge des größten Dopingskandal der Geschichte und liefert das beeindruckende Psychogramm eines scheinbar vollkommen gefühlskalten Egomanen. Spannend von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite – nicht nur für Radsport-Fans!
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Thomas Dekker

Author : Thomas Dekker
ISBN : 3957260248
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Category: Sports & Recreation