Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - History - 401 pages
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Athletics and politics collide in a critical event for Nazi Germany and the contemporary world.

The torch relay -- that staple of Olympic pageantry -- first opened the summer games in 1936 in Berlin. Proposed by the Nazi Propaganda Ministry, the relay was to carry the symbolism of a new Germany across its route through southeastern and central Europe. Soon after the Wehrmacht would march in jackboots over the same terrain.

The Olympic festival was a crucial part of the Nazi regime's mobilization of power. Nazi Games offers a superb blend of history and sport. The narrative includes a stirring account of the international effort to boycott the games, derailed finally by the American Olympic Committee and the determination of its head, Avery Brundage, to participate. Nazi Games also recounts the dazzling athletic feats of these Olympics, including Jesse Owens's four gold-medal performances and the marathon victory of Korean runner Kitei Son, the Rising Sun of imperial Japan on his bib. 25 b/w photographs.

  

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Review: Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936

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While the title is accurate, I was about half-way through when I realized that the author would enlighten us about both the Winter and Summer Games, both hosted by Germany. The beginning chapters give ... Read full review

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A Thorough Examination of the '36 Games … Having been previously impressed by David Clay Large's detailed account of the tragic '72 Summer Games (“Munich 1972”), I was more than eager to delve into ... Read full review

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David Clay Large is professor of history at Montana State University and the author of Berlin (2000) and Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich (1997).

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