Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press

The Comeback

Greg LeMond, the True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France

by Daniel de Vise

Fame. Fall. Redemption. The dramatic life story of America’s greatest cyclist, three-time winner of the Tour de France

  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 384
  • Publication Date June 05, 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2794-5
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $27.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Publication Date June 05, 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6579-4

About the Book

In July 1986, Greg LeMond stunned the sporting world by becoming the first American to win the Tour de France, the world’s pre-eminent bicycle race, defeating French cycling legend Bernard Hinault. Nine months later, LeMond lay in a hospital bed, his life in peril after a hunting accident, his career as a bicycle racer seemingly over. And yet, barely two years after this crisis, LeMond mounted a comeback almost without parallel in professional sports. In summer 1989, he again won the Tour—arguably the world’s most grueling athletic contest—by the almost impossibly narrow margin of 8 seconds over another French legend, Laurent Fignon. It remains the closest Tour de France in history.

The Comeback chronicles the life of one of America’s greatest athletes, from his roots in Nevada and California to the heights of global fame, to a falling out with his own family and a calamitous confrontation with Lance Armstrong over allegations the latter was doping—a campaign LeMond would wage on principle for more than a decade before Armstrong was finally stripped of his own Tour titles. With the kind of narrative drive that propels books like Moneyball, and a fierce attention to detail, Daniel de Visé reveals the dramatic, ultra-competitive inner world of a sport rarely glimpsed up close, and builds a compelling case for LeMond as its great American hero.

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“Well-researched and discerning, Andy and Don shows us Griffith in both darkness and light: a haunted, powerful actor as well as the gentlest of comic straight men.”—Scott Eyman New York Times bestselling author of John Wayne

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“This is the book about The Andy Griffith Show you didn’t know you needed. De Visé shows that Griffith and his equally famous sidekick were far more complicated, troubled—and interesting—than their public personae ever let on.”—Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

“The true story of Andy Griffith’s and Don Knotts’s incredible friendship. A penetrating and moving tribute.”—James Carville, political consultant

“A rewarding dual biography that is the definitive story of their friendship . . . As a story about a TV show and a creative partnership, Andy and Don satisfies. It’s also a lively look inside the entertainment industry in the latter half of the 20th century. But more than anything, it’s the story of a beautiful friendship.”News & Observer

“An engaging, well-researched portrait of what made one of the great comedy duos of the television age tick.”News & Record

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Andy and Don will be a must for any Andy Griffith Show fan and anyone with a taste for showbiz gossip.”Star-News

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“This book by a Knotts in-law shows how the magic was created . . . De Visé examines the childhood, early careers, and outsize ambitions of both men, explaining why their chemistry made them click. By turns humorous, informative, and poignant.”Library Journal

“Veteran journalist de Visé returns with a plethora of memories about actors Andy Griffith and Don Knotts.”Kirkus Reviews