Tina Hamilton's Reviews > Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend

Evel by Leigh Montville
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Jul 13, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

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 just the right time. There was no internet, cable TV, video games, etc. What one could do was watch Wide World of Sports, listen to pre-jump interviews with Evel, and keep fingers crossed as he made motorcycle jumps that were often horrifically miscalculated. When we talk of folk heroes such as Johnny Appleseed, Casey Jones, and others, I almost want to add Evel Knievel to the list. Did any man ever look better in a cape and crotch-hugging bell bottoms?
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