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Evel by Leigh Montville
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May 23, 11


This will likely be among the more creative and compelling biographies you'll read. The rich subject matter blends perfectly with Montville's magazine-style prose, and this big book is filled with scene after memorable scene starring young floozies, Knievel’s walking cane loaded with Wild Turkey bourbon and employees verbally trampled by the man’s unpredictable behavior. The author recounts stories with eye-popping details, including Knievel’s failed jumps over the fountains of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (sidelining him for months) and the canyon (signaling the beginning of Evel's end). Anybody who grew up watching Evel, or hung his posters, or played with the toys he inspired will be fascinated by this account. The life of Evel Knievel reads better than fiction.
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