The Comeback chronicles the life of one of America’s greatest athletes, from his roots in the windswept hills of Nevada's Washoe Valley to the heights of his global fame at the Tour de France. With a swift narrative drive and 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.
Coming June 5 from Atlantic Monthly Press
“The Comeback is an eye-popping ride, sweeping the reader through the extreme eccentricities of endurance cycling. But the heart of the story, the charismatic spirit and re-crowning of America’s authentic cycling champion Greg LeMond, is what makes you cheer through the pages.” -- Diana Nyad, author of Find a Way and the only person to swim between Cuba and the United States.
"Greg LeMond was Lance Armstrong before Lance Armstrong--and he won his three Tours de France WITHOUT cheating. The Comeback is the story of a true hero and his remarkable comeback to win arguably the most dramatic Tour de France in history. This is a must read if you believe in miracles." -- John Feinstein, bestselling author of Season on the Brink and The First Major.
“Once in a blue moon a sports book comes along appealing to a such a broad audience that it becomes a perennial favorite of neighborhood reading groups--Boys in the Boat and Seabiscuit being prime examples. Now make way for The Comeback by Daniel de Visé, a superbly well-crafted narrative. For devotees of the sport of bicycle racing, and for those with little knowledge of it, this book will satisfy in every way.” -- Paul Dickson, author of Bill Veeck and Leo Durocher.
“Greg LeMond is an American sporting hero whose story would surely be rejected by Hollywood as too fanciful. It includes taking on and beating the French at their own game, a near-fatal shooting, a career in apparently terminal decline, an extraordinary comeback, and a bitter feud with his successor. Remarkably, it’s all true, and The Comeback is the first book to document the full LeMond story in all its astonishing, scarcely credible detail.” -- Richard Moore, author of Slaying the Badger and host of The Cycling Podcast.
"Daniel de Visé has written a gripping account of what is widely considered to be the greatest finish in Tour de France history. His meticulously researched story of the professional and personal life of LeMond is enhanced by compelling descriptions of the cast of heroes and villains who built him up….. and tried unsuccessfully to tear him down." -- Bob Bowen, president of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.
"Daniel de Visé explores one of cycling’s epic duels, on the final day of the 1989 Tour de France when America’s Greg LeMond had recovered from a life-threatening shotgun blast to score a heroic come-from-behind triumph over France’s Laurent Fignon. In The Comeback, de Visé portrays the complex personalities of LeMond and Fignon in a narrative freighted with nuanced analyses, thorough research, and a narrative that rocks." -- Peter Joffre Nye, cycling historian, author of Hearts of Lions and The Fast Times of Albert Champion.
The Nov. 3 publication date for Andy and Don draws near, and I'm happy to say that the book is already drawing enthusiastic press coverage, both in print and online. Here's a brief timeline:
July 16: Andy and Don receives its first press - - a cover story in The Globe tabloid. The Globe has devoted a lot of space to Andy Griffith, both before and since his death in summer 2012. I have seen him on its cover at least once a year since I started work on the book.
July 28: The book earns its first review, in the industry publication Publishers Weekly. You always hold your breath when you read your first review. Happily, this one was very positive. Excerpt: "De Visé offers an intimate look at the lives of these two stars, and his access is invaluable to understanding their lifelong friendship. He captures the complexity of both men and the intimacy of their friendship with extreme detail and sensitivity."
August 21: The book jacket is done! The final cover gives us space to promote the wonderful blurbs collected from celebrities and esteemed authors, including Billy Bob Thornton (a huge Andy-Don fan), James Carville (ditto), Pulitzer-winning TV critic Tom Shales, John Wayne biographer Scott Eyman, Seinfeld sage Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, and Bob Hope biographer Richard Zoglin. Many thanks to all!
September 2: Andy and Don gets a starred review from Booklist. Excerpt: "Delicious comfort food for boomers and, really, anyone with cable."
September 10: Library Journal weighs in with another good review. Excerpt: "This book by a Knotts in-law shows how the magic was created. . . . The author chronicles their parting of ways, career and marital ups and downs, cast reunions of the old show, and later their reteaming in Griffith's popular series Matlock. De Visé examines the childhood, early careers, and outsize ambitions of both men, explaining why their chemistry made them click. VERDICT: By turns humorous, informative, and poignant, this book is recommended for public library readers."
September 18: The popular book-lovers site Booktrib posts a terrific capsule review in an article devoted to "Classic TV Shows Worth a Second and Third Look." Excerpt: "This new biography chronicles years of their close friendship, but also the dirt behind-the scenes: affairs, jealousies, and all that good stuff. The perfect read for any lover of both gossip and old-school television."
October 1: Television's MeTV Network publishes the first online excerpt of Andy and Don to coincide with the 55th anniversary of the broadcast debut of The Andy Griffith Show. Look for more content to come from the MeTV gang!
And that brings us up to date. Check my Facebook and Twitter pages (and, of course, this site) for regular updates on Andy and Don as the date draws nearer!