The first time I read it, when it came out in 1994 as a hard back, this book brought tears to my eyes. It made all the challenges I had before me seem small by comparison. I didn't see this in any of the book's promotion materials, but I found this amazing link showing some of the many lives this book has affected:
I was so inspired by it, that when I saw that it was now an E-Book, I had to have it for my iPad so I could pull it out and read it whenever I was feeling in need of a lift.
Instead of promoting his inspiring story, it looks like from the author's web site, he has been using this book as a calling card to make his bold vision of a coast to coast bike way real. In the blogs he and his group also run, he talks about how the 15-person Busycle, which first gained fame in Boston, came to the San Francisco area to help Martin with the dream he details in his book. This is also true for the 1891 Eagle HiWheel bike he also rides now to promote his vision and plans to soon ride from one coast to the other.