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The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend

by Leigh Montville

Hardcover, 398 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $27.50 |

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The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend
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Leigh Montville

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A portrait of the motorcycle icon reveals the complexities and controversial aspects of his private world, offering insight into his contradictory relationships and the experiences and personal demons that compelled him to repeatedly risk his life.

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In 1974, Evel Knievel attempted a three-quarter-mile jump across Idaho's Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket. He failed, but the highly promoted stunt helped him achieve celebrity status. AP hide caption

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Evel Knievel: A 'High-Flying' Life Of A Daredevil

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