Evel Knievel

An American Hero

Ace Collins

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Robert "Evel" Knievel is one of the most unique heroes to earn a place in the collective psyche of this country. A high school dropout, an award-winning athlete, a petty thief, a motorcycle racer, and a political activist, Knievel earned his nickname because of his unlawful activities early in his life but rode that name to fame by consistently tempting death in the public eye. With a showman's panache and a madman's daring, he has risen-along with the likes of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe-past mere celebrity to the exalted level of American icon. Today, at sixty-two years of age, Evel still makes headlines, proving that the appeal of daredevil never dies. From his recent liver transplant to his son Robbie's jump off the Grand Canyon to his very public support of mandatory helmet laws, Knievel remains foremost in the minds of his millions of fans. Evel Knievel stands as a truly perfect example of a certain uniquely American aesthetic, one in which pride and heart can overcome any circumstances at all.

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1Butte—The City That Created EvelOn May 26, 1863, six tired, scared, and haggard prospectors camped near a creek in the Tobacco Root Mountains in what is now Montana. The men were running for their lives, trying to elude a relentless and fierce band of Crow Indians. The natives resented the white men’s presence on the tribe’s hunting grounds. For days the English-speaking fugitives had stayed just one jump away from their pursuers and death. Exhausted, worn, and unable to go any further without rest, the men made a camp in a ravine that could be defended from a surprise attack.

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"There is no king, no prince, no president, no athlete, nobody that has ever lived a better life than I have." --Evel Knievel

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Ace Collins

Ace Collins is the author of biographies of Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, and many others. He lives in Hillsboro, TX.

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Evel Knievel
An American Hero
Ace Collins

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St. Martin's Press
April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429972314
ISBN10: 1429972319
224 pages
$7.99
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