The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games

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University of Illinois Press, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 214 pages
This second edition of Guttmann's critically acclaimed history discusses the intended and actual effects of the modern Olympic Games from 1896 to 2000. The glories and fiascoes, the triumphs and tragedies--Guttmann weaves them all into a vivid and entertaining social history. As Guttmann shows, politics has always been one of the Olympics' major events. He also delves into the colorful history of the athletics, from the Paris marathon course that invited French runners to take shortcuts to the odyssey of Egyptian gym teacher Youssef Nagui Assad, who made three different Olympic teams only to be recalled home each time due to boycotts. Guttmann also provides insight into the byzantine maneuvering involved in site selection, as well as little known facts about the Games' history and figures like longtime Olympics czar Avery Brundage.
 

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Contents

The Barons Dream
7
Growing Pains and Increasing Success
21
The Games Reach Maturity
37
The Most Controversial Olympics
53
Destruction and Recovery
73
In the Shadow of the Cold War
85
The Era of Relative Good Feelings
103
Organizational Strains
113
The Era of the Boycott
141
Calgary and Seoul But Not Pyongyang
165
Juan Antonio Samaranch as CEO
171
After the Cold War
183
Appendix
195
Bibliographical Essay
197
Index
203
Copyright

A Time of Troubles
125

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Page 3 - ... Games testified: We recognized that sport is the modern religion of the Western world. We knew that the people in England and America would switch their television sets from any program about the plight of the Palestinians if there was a sporting event on another channel. So, we decided to use their Olympics, the most sacred ceremony of this religion, to make the world pay attention to us.

About the author (2002)

Allen Guttmann, a professor of English at Amherst College, is the author of Women's Sports, Games and Empires, From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports, and other books. He received the first President's Award for Sports Studies from the International Olympic Committee.

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