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Leigh Montville talks Evel Knievel book

Originally Published: August 30, 2011
By Jim Caple | Page 2

The best biographies not only tell you what people did, they capture their personalities as well, making readers feel as if they are sitting down at a long, well-lubricated dinner with the subject. "Mark Twain: A Life" by Ron Powers is one such bio, and another is Leigh Montville's brilliant recent biography of Evel Knievel: "Evel."

Montville has long been one of my favorite sportswriters, beginning when he was a columnist for The Boston Globe. In "Evel," Montville's vibrant ...

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