Of the several wonderful traits that define Carol and Bill McGann, the two that apply best in the case of "The History of the Giro d'Italia (Volume Two: 1971-2011)" would be their passion for researh and their ability to then transform all that information into a lively, readable format that any cycling fan couldn't help but enjoy. Having worked in the bike business for many years prior to staring their own publishing company, they really know their stuff--about both bicycling and books.
In the interst of disclosure, I was one of the many people they enlisted to proofread and fact-check their latest work, but let me tell you, it was a pleasure. The finished book is full of tales of the Giro--both funny and serious--and is complete right up to the stripping of Alberto Contador of his 2011 Giro victory earlier this year.
The McGanns have no fear of tackling the tough issues head-on; their book touches on issues as diverse as the use of EPO, which began to get really serious in the early 1990s, to the tragic tale of Giro and Tour de France winner Marco Pantani.
I can say without hesitation that, together, the two volume "The Story of the Giro d'Italia" is very probably the best history ever written of the Tour of Italy--in any language.