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Book Review: 'Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel' by Leigh Montville
Book Review: 'Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel' by Leigh Montville

Evel The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend Leigh Montville Doubleday: 400 pp., $27.50 For men of a certain age, Evel Knievel is a touchstone of innocence lost, vaguely held in the memory bank as an emblem of how easily and simply wonderment once came to a fan-boy of American sports. In the 1970s, Knievel, the motorcycle daredevil clad in a white jumpsuit, flew over cars and buses and canyons (well, he had issues with the canyons) and became a branded entity on ABC's "Wide World of Sports," on which he would appear 17 times in 10 years, and drew the highest ratings in the show's history (some 55 million viewers) when he jumped...

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