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McGann Publishing is a (really) small press specializing in books about cycling, but not to the exclusion of other subjects.

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The Story of the Tour de France, Volume 1, 1903 - 1964

By Bill & Carol McGann

The Story of the Tour de FrancePublished by Dog Ear Publishing, July 25, 2006
ISBN # 978-1598581805
Formats: Print and Kindle eBook
6" x 9" Paperback, 316 pages with photographs
Suggested retail print version: $15.95, Kindle eBook $3.99

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"After forty years of study on the subject, I can with some confidence say Bill and Carol McGann’s The Story of the Tour de France is the finest such work ever produced in the English language, and perhaps in any."
-From the preface by the late Owen Mulholland, author of Uphill Battle

"Besides towering over all bicycle races, the Tour de France endures for its unique Gaulic character, like Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. The McGann's passionate and insightful writing evokes the raucous cast of riders, promoters, and journalists thrusting through highs and lows worthy of opera. This volume stands out as a must-read book for anyone seeking to appreciate cycling's race of races."
-Peter Joffre Nye, author of The Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz Age Sport and Hearts of Lions

At the dawn of the 20th Century, French newspapers used bicycle races as promotions to build readership. Until 1903 these were one-day events. Looking to deliver a coup de grace in a vicious circulation war, Henri Desgrange—editor of the Parisian sports magazine L’Auto—took the suggestion of one of his writers to organize a race that would last several days longer than anything else, like the 6-day races on the track, but on the road.

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The Story of the Tour de France, Volume 2, 1965 - 2007

By Bill & Carol McGann

TDF volume 2Published by Dog Ear Publishing, July 1, 2008
ISBN # 978-1598586084
Formats: Print and Kindle eBook
6" x 9" Paperback, 404 pages with photographs
Suggested retail print version: $19.95, Kindle eBook $4.95

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About the book:

"After forty years of study on the subject, I can with some confidence say Bill and Carol McGann’s The Story of the Tour de France is the finest such work ever produced in the English language, and perhaps in any."
-From the preface by the late Owen Mulholland, author of Uphill Battle

For any historian of the sport the McGanns Tour de France history is essential reading. Details of the stages and the riders are not glossed over. For those who are new to the sport, the McGanns bring the glory days of the sport alive with the intrigue that still exists today. Epic stages that might have faded into oblivion are eloquently recounted so that future generation of cyclists will know the rich history of our beautiful sport.
Neil Browne, editor, Road Magazine

Volume 1 of The Story of the Tour de France concluded with Jacques Anquetil's record setting fifth Tour win. Volume 2 opens with the greatest Italian racer of the modern age, Felice Gimondi and his effortless victory at the young age of 22. Despite his extraordinary talent, he never won the Tour again. Starting in 1969, Eddy Merckx began his run of 5 victories. Bernard Hinault, who also managed to win 5, followed him.

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Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle

By David L. Stanley

Amazon Kindle eBook, 173 pages: $3.99
Paperback print, 162 pages: $16.95
Audible audiobook: $13.08

Melanoma: It Started with a FreckleIn Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle, David L. Stanley invites you to join him on an inside tour of his cancer. You’ll travel with Stanley from the dimly lit and elegantly decorated office of the dermatologist to the fluorescent glare of the operating room theater and back to the workplace as he faces up to melanoma—the only major cancer that has seen its incidence rise since 2000—with humor, humility, and a deep understanding of the disease borne of research and science. 

In a memoir that speaks to anyone who has bumped up against a major health scare, Stanley offers up an engaging primer on how to finesse a path through cancer, the boogeyman under everyone’s bed, with gravity and wit and honor. 

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Cycling's 50 Triumphs and Tragedies: The Rise and Fall of Bicycle Racing's Champions

By Les Woodland

Available as a Kindle eBook: $3.99

Triumphs and TragediesWhen more than 100 men or women go racing down a road, inches away from each other, in all weather, over all kinds of roads, the opportunity for a brilliant win or a terrible accident is always there.

For more than a century bicycle racers have sought glory, but have often found only misery. There can be only one winner, and even that triumph can be mixed with terrible loss. Fausto Coppi, coached by a blind man, set the World Hour Record in Milan during the war while the city was being shattered by bombs.

Great joy and tragedy so close together.

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Tour de France: The Inside Story. Making the World's Greatest Race

by Les Woodland

Tour de France: The Inside StoryISBN: 978-0985963637
Suggested Retail price: $16.95 US
6 x 9 paperback, 226 pages

The Tour de France is the greatest bike race in the world, but it began as a humble promotional gimmick for a floundering newspaper. More than 100 years later the Tour still captivates the world and is broadcast to over 180 countries.

How did a few men looking for some way to save their struggling business become masters of a giant, successful enterprise? Les Woodland tells the inside story of the Tour de France through the prism of the men who started it, and those who now run it. As he explores the creation and evolution of the Tour, he never runs out of those fascinating illustrative tales that make his books impossible to put down.

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Tour of Flanders: The Inside Story. The rocky roads of the Ronde van Vlaanderen

Tour of Flanders front coverISBN # 978-0-9859636-2-0
Formats: Print and Kindle eBook
6" x 9" trade paperback, 166 pages with photographs
Suggested retail print version: $16.95, Kindle eBook: $3.99

Publication date January 1, 2014

The Tour of Flanders is Belgium's most brutal day in the saddle. The bike-crazed Flemish don't just send riders over cobblestone roads. Nor are they content to break the racers' legs with nearly 20 steep hills. No, the worst of all cycling worlds meet in Flanders with narrow, vertical roads paved with slippery, dangerous cobbles. The hills are so steep they are called muurs, or walls, and they come one after another, for hours, until the riders are shattered with exhaustion. The Tour of Flanders is so fiendishly difficult that man who wins it earns everlasting fame.

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Paris-Roubaix: The Inside Story, all the bumps of cycling's cobbled classic

Paris-Roubaix book cover artISBN: 978-0-9859636-1-3
Suggested Retail price: $16.95 US
6 x 9 trade paperback, 198 pages
Publisher: McGann Publishing

Publication date: February 8, 2013

The Paris–Roubaix bicycle race, nicknamed "The Hell of the North", is famous for sending riders over brutal cobblestone roads. Only the strong, brave and lucky survive the hours of bone-shaking racing without suffering some mishap or catastrophe. It is so difficult no one wins it by accident, and winning Paris–Roubaix automatically puts a rider among the immortals of the sport.

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Sticky Buns Across America: Back roads biking from sea to shining sea.

Sticky Buns Across AmericaISBN: 978-0-9859636-0-6
Suggested Retail price: $16.95 US
6 x 9 trade paperback, 211 pages
Publisher: McGann Publishing

Publication date: August 6, 2012

Sticky Buns Across America is the story of one of the four continents and one of the countries Woodland has crossed by bike, this time with patient wife Steph: a tale of riding across small-town America (and occasional bits of Canada, although to Americans that doesn't count)...

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Olympics' 50 Craziest StoriesThe Olympics' 50 Craziest Stories, by Les Woodland

ISBN: 978-0-9843117-8-1
Suggested Retail price: $16.95 US
6 x 9 trade paperback, 160 pages

Publication date: December 16, 2011

Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) is the motto of the International Olympic Committee. After reading Les Woodland’s The Olympics’ 50 Craziest Stories the reader might wonder if the motto should be Sillier, Loonier, Crazier.

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Cycling HeroesCycling Heroes: The Golden Years, by Les Woodland

ISBN: 978-0-9843117-7-4
Suggested Retail price: $16.95 US
6 x 9 trade paperback, 166 pages
Publisher: McGann Publishing

Les Woodland climbed aboard his old Carlton bike to take a nostalgia trip across Belgium and Holland to visit some of cycling’s greatest riders. Cycling Heroes: The Golden Years tells the story of that journey he took in the early 1990s and the time he spent with some of the finest riders from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.  

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The Story of the Giro d'Italia

The Story of the Giro d'Italia. A Year-by-Year History of the Tour of Italy. Volume 1: 1909 - 1970

ISBN: 978-0984311767
Suggested print version retail price: $18.95
Kindle ebook: $5.95
6 x 9 paperback, 308 pages
Publisher: McGann Publishing

The Giro d'Italia is one of the world's most important and popular bicycle races, yet there is almost no information in English about this magical Italian race's rich past. With The Story of the Giro d'Italia, the fabulous history of Italy's national tour is at last available. Volume One takes the story of the Giro from its origin as a desperate promotional gamble by a nearly broke newspaper to Eddy Merckx's convincing 1970 victory.  

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Giro story coverThe Story of the Giro d'Italia. A Year-by-Year History of the Tour of Italy. Volume 2: 1971 - 2011

ISBN: 978-0984311798
Suggested print version retail price: $18.95
Kindle ebook: $5.95.
6 x 9 paperback, 314 pages
Publisher: McGann Publishing

Volume Two of The Story of the Giro d'Italia describes the growth of the Giro into a modern, vital international race that is followed by cycling fans all over the world. Along the way, the stories and races that have excited the public over the last forty years are told, including the Francesco Moser/Giuseppe Saronni rivalry, the tragic tale of Marco Pantani and the Alberto Contador affair that left the Spaniard stripped of his 2011 Giro championship.

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Published January 2010:

Bicycle History by James Witherell

ISBN: 978-0-9859636-5-1
Suggested Retail price: $16.95 US
6 x 9 paperback, 255 pages

Since its invention in the 1860s, the bicycle has had a fascinating history. Author James Witherell has spent years collecting the essential, the trivial and sometimes just downright odd facts that make up the story of the bicycle. Instead of composing a narrative history, he's arranged them in chronological order, painting an informative, fun and irresistible picture of what might be mankind's greatest invention. Witherell has given special emphasis to the Tour de France.

Updated to include material through 2016.

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Published February, 2010Cycling's 50 Craziest Stories cover

Cycling's 50 Craziest Stories by Les Woodland

ISBN:978-0-9843117-1-2
Suggested Retail price: $16.95
6 x 9 paperback, 160 pages

Les Woodland is one cycling's most beloved and respected writers. This collection of odd doings and funny happenings starting with some of the first professional bike races in the 19th century will be sure to raise a smile. You might even slap a knee or two as well.

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The Story of the Tour de France, Volumes 1 and 2
by Bill & Carol McGann

This isn't a McGann Publishing title, it's published by the fine people at Dog Ear Publishing. We have lots more info including sample chapters and ordering directions


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