Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2012 - History - 372 pages
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"Set against the backdrop of the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s, this compelling book offers the first comprehensive narrative history of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, notorious for the hostage taking by Palestinian terrorists of Jewish athletes and their tragic deaths after a botched rescue mission by German police. Drawing on a wealth of contemporaneous sources, including recently opened files in the German and Olympic archives, eminent historian David Clay Large offers a comprehensive exploration of the 1972 festival. He interweaves the political drama surrounding the Games with the athletic spectacle in the arena of play, itself hardly free of political controversy. Writing with flair and an eye for telling detail, Large brings to life the stories of the indelible characters who epitomized the Games, ranging from the city itself to the visionaries who brought the Games to Munich against all odds to the athletes, obscure and famous alike. With the Olympic movement in constant danger of terrorist disruption, and with the fortieth anniversary of the 1972 tragedy upon us in 2012, the Munich story is more timely than ever"--

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Review: Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games

User Review  - Devansh Gupta - Goodreads

This book is a good account of the Munich Olympics of 1972. I was disappointed though that the Hostage Incident(about which I wanted to read) is covered in only 2 chapters out of 8. The rest of the ... Read full review

Review: Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games

User Review  - Steven Voorhees - Goodreads

With each Olympiad, the world is reminded of the pains, the problems and the procrastination that engulf each host city (and host nation, for that matter). Recently, the run-up to the games have been ... Read full review


Chapter 01 The Decision for Munich
Planning and Building for Munich 72
Chapter 03 On the Eve of the Games
Chapter 04 Let the Games Begin
Chapter 05 Invasion of the Sanctuary
Chapter 06 Battlefield Fürstenfeldbruck
Chapter 07 The Games Go On

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About the author (2012)

David Clay Large is professor of history at Montana State University. He has also taught at Berkeley, Smith College, and Yale University. He is the author of several acclaimed histories, including Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936, Where Ghosts Walked: Munich s Road to the Third Reich, and Berlin. An avid athlete, Large, when not writing, teaching, or parenting (he has a nine-year-old daughter), can often be found running the roads of Bozeman, Montana, and San Francisco, California, the two places he calls home.

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