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Pedalare! Pedalare!

Pedalare! Pedalare!

Author: John Foot

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408817551

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

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Cycling was a sport so important in Italy that it marked a generation, sparked fears of civil war, changed the way Italian was spoken, led to legal reform and even prompted the Pope himself to praise a cyclist, by name, from his balcony in St Peters in Rome. It was a sport so popular that it created the geography of Italy in the minds of her citizens, and some have said that it was cycling, not political change, that united Italy. Pedalare, Pedalare! is the first complete history of Italian cycling to be published in English. The book moves chronologically from the first Giro d'Italia (Italy's equivalent of the Tour de France) in 1909 to the present day. The tragedies and triumphs of great riders such as Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali appear alongside stories of the support riders, snow-bound mountains and the first and only woman to ride the whole Giro. Cycling's relationship with Italian history, politics and culture is always up front, with reference to fascism, the cold war and the effect of two world wars. The sport is explored alongside changes in Italian society as a whole, from the poor peasants who took up cycling in the early, pioneering period, to the slick, professional sport of today. Scandals and controversy appear throughout the book as constant features of the connection between fans, journalists and cycling. Concluding with an examination of doping, which has helped to destroy what was at one time the most popular sport of all, Pedalare, Pedalare is an engrossing history of a national passion.

Motorsport’s Military Heroes

Motorsport’s Military Heroes

Author: Bryan Lightbody

Publisher: Pen and Sword Military

ISBN: 9781399097123

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Motorsport has many iconic names attached to it. It has many that are celebrated as heroes in their chosen sport. However, what perhaps is less well known is how many of the motorsport icons of the twentieth century carried out acts of real-life bravery, many during war time, but some in selfless acts of bravery in saving the lives of their fellow competitors. Some of the iconic names of motorsport are linked to the great conflicts of the twentieth century. Enzo Ferrari served during World War One, the most revered of the 1920s Bentley Boys were all World War One veterans such as John Duff, Bernard Rubin, Woolf Barnato, Sammy Davis and Glen Kidston. World War One American flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker was an Indianapolis 500 racing driver. Muriel Thompson, Military Medal, who became a World War One ambulance driver, was not only a chauffeur for suffragette Emeline Pankhurst, but raced at Brooklands before the war. Commentator Murray Walker was a World War Two tank commander, fellow commentator Raymond Baxter was a Spitfire pilot who was mentioned in dispatches for bravery. Carroll Shelby was a United States Army Airforce pilot and instructor with a reputation for great leadership. His friend, engineer and racing driver Ken Miles, served throughout the war as a specialist in tank recovery, landing as part of the D-Day operations. These are just a few of the most notable names from a group of men and women who risked all in conflict, before risking all on the track profiled in this book.

Autodrome

Autodrome

Author: Sam S. Collins

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781904788317

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

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A look at the history of ten of Europe's great abandoned race circuits and seen as they are today in stunning photographs.

Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms

Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms

Author: Paul Willetts

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472119865

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms provides the first comprehensive account of what was once hailed by a leading American newspaper as the greatest spy story of World War II. This dramatic yet little-known saga, replete with telephone taps, kidnappings, and police surveillance, centres on the furtive escapades of Tyler Kent, a handsome, womanising 28-year-old Ivy League graduate, who doubles as a US Embassy code clerk and Soviet agent. Against the backdrop of London high society during the so-called Phoney War, Kent's life intersects with the lives of the book's two other memorably flamboyant protagonists. One of those is Maxwell Knight, an urbane, endearingly eccentric MI5 spyhunter. The other is Anna Wolkoff, a White Russian fashion designer and Nazi spy whose outfits are worn by the Duchess of Windsor and whose parents are friends of the British royal family. Wolkoff belongs to a fascist secret society called the Right Club, which aims to overthrow the British government. Her romantic entanglement with Tyler Kent gives her access to a secret correspondence between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, a correspondence that has the potential to transform the outcome of the war.

The Color of Fascism

The Color of Fascism

Author: Gerald Horne

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814736869

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 229

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"Based on extensive archival research, The Color of Fascism blends biography, social history, and critical race theory to illuminate the life of this complex and enigmatic man. Gerald Horne links passing and fascism, the two main poles of Dennis's life, suggesting that Dennis's anger with the U.S. as a result of his upbringing in Jim Crow Georgia led him to alliances with the antagonists of the U.S. and that his personal isolation informed his political isolationism." "Dennis's life is a testament to the resilience of right-wing thought in the U.S. The first full-scale biographical portrait of this figure, The Color of Fascism also links the strange career of a prominent American who chose to pass."--BOOK JACKET.

The Piranha Club

The Piranha Club

Author: Timothy Collings

Publisher: Virgin Books Limited

ISBN: 0753509652

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 328

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Tackling the subject of Formula One's most influential figures, Timothy Collings provides penetrating insights into Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley, Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart, Ron Dennis and many more.

Formula One Racing For Dummies

Formula One Racing For Dummies

Author: Jonathan Noble

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780764570490

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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Get to know what Formula One racing is all about This book delves into the strategy, technology, and spiritneeded to win a Formula One race. Every angle of a race weekend iscovered in detail, from scrutineering to pitstops to podium.You’ll also read about the rivalries and politics that haveturned the sport into a global televised drama. Illustrated withblack and white photographs, Formula One Racing For Dummies willserve the die-hard spectator or armchair fan alike. Discover how to: Identify race strategies Understand the role of each team member Master the latest rules and regulations Appreciate a Formula One car’s cutting-edge design Enjoy Formula One from the stands and on TV The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humour and fun

Prison Terms

Prison Terms

Author: Ellen Victoria Nerenberg

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802035086

Category: Social Science

Page: 259

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An analysis of the confinement experience in Italian narrative between 1930 and 1960, covering the last years of Fascism. Not limiting herself to prisons, Nerenberg also explores military barracks, convents, and brothels as carceral homologues.

Fascism

Fascism

Author: Giuseppe Prezzolini

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105081383262

Category: Fascism

Page: 201

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