The 1908 Olympics
Details the first London Olympics when the Games were awarded to the UK after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906 stopped them going to Rome, as funds for building Olympic facilities were diverted to Naples to help rebuild the city. Author Keith Baker concentrates on the important controversies, especially those with the Americans, notably the 400m, the Tug of War and the Marathon. He also highlights the lives of some of the great competitors and personalities who made the event unique. Will appeal to all serious sports fans as well as British history students.
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