Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games

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Sutton, Feb 1, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 317 pages
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The Berlin Olympic Games, more than 70 years on, remain the most controversial ever held. This book creates a vivid account of the disputes, the personalities, and the events which made these Games so memorable. Ironically, the choice of Germany as the host nation for the 1936 Olympics was intended to signal its return to the world community after defeat in World War I. In actuality, Hitler intended the Berlin Games to be an advertisement for Germany as he was creating it, and they became one of the largest propaganda exercises in history. Two German Jews competed in the Games while the most memorable achievement was that of black American Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals. Ultimately, however, Germany was the overall biggest medal winner. The popular success of Owens allowed the Nazis to claim that their policies had no racial element and charges of antisemitism that did arise were leveled at the Americans.

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User Review  - Chelsea - Goodreads

I can't really say I enjoyed this book, because the barrage of facts and figures and comings and goings was difficult to slog through at times, but the overall picture Hilton brought about was worth reading it. Read full review

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User Review  - Tomi - Goodreads

There were a couple of flaws that really bothered me in this book - it was hard to tell when the author was using quotes, since the quoted material was set as just another paragraph. There were also ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Christopher Hilton is the author of Hitler's Grand Prix in England, Mayflower, and The Women's War.

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