April 23, 2012
Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend: the man who not only won the Tour de France twice, but to this day holds the record for the longest time span between victories. During the ten years that separated his hard-won triumphs in 1938 and 1948, his actions, both on and off the racecourse, ensured him a permanent place in Italian history. However, there is another thread to Bartali’s epic story — his efforts to help save more than 800 Jews during the Italian Holocaust and German occupation — the full details of which have not been revealed until now. Set against the turbulent backdrop of an unforgiving sport and threatening politics, Road To Valor is the breathtaking true account of one man’s unsung heroism and his resilience in the face of adversity. Based on nearly ten years of research in Italy, France, and Israel, including interviews with Bartali’s family, former teammates, a Holocaust survivor Bartali saved, and others, it is the first book ever written about Bartali in English and the only book written in any language to fully explore the scope of his wartime work.