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Nazi games : the Olympics of 1936
David Clay Large
Adult Nonfiction GV722 1936 .L37 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The year 1936 saw "the Nazi's first big international show--their coming-out party on the world stage," when Berlin hosted the summer Olympics. In this comprehensive examination of the 1936 Olympic Games, historian Large explores everything from Berlin's bid to secure the games--amongst much political jockeying and threats of international boycott--to politicized training regimes, shocking mistreatment of Jewish and black athletes and, finally, the tense contest itself. What emerges is a captivating, chilling portrait of the Nazi propaganda machine, the international response to it and the swirl of global forces that would soon plunge the world back into war. Featuring highly detailed research drawn from a number of primary accounts (including "fresh materials" from the International Olympic Committee), this history may wade in a few steps deeper than some readers will care to go; still, as a unique look at both the Third Reich and the Olympics, this should hold great interest for aficionados of WWII and avid fans of the Games. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

These books approach the 1936 Berlin summer Olympics-Hitler's Olympics-in very different ways. The 1936 games have taken on mythical proportions beyond mere sports history. In front of Hitler, and Leni Riefenstahl's documentary camera, Jesse Owens won four gold medals. Large (history, Montana State Univ.; Berlin) chronicles the Berlin games, from the city's being awarded the games, to international efforts to boycott them (boycotts and other sanctions were considered internationally, but ultimately only one country stayed away), to their lingering effects on the tragic Munich Olympics of 1972. With its huge facilities, ornate ceremonies (the first to include the torch relay), and related cultural activities, the Berlin games shaped the Olympics into the huge spectacle that they are today. This is a very detailed and well-crafted book, a pleasure to read. With Triumph, Schaap (ESPN; Cinderella Man) has written the definitive biography of Jesse Owens, considered by some to be the greatest Olympian ever. While touching more briefly on Owens's life before and after 1936, including his Alabama childhood and his later work for the State of Illinois, Schaap rightly focuses on Owens's track and field heroics. Blessed with remarkable speed, he set NCAA and Olympic records in numerous events. Afraid of being unable to support his family, he often allowed others to make decisions and take positions for him that he himself did not support. He deflected accusations that Hitler snubbed him at the Olympics, insisting that he saw a small wave from the German leader. He hoped his fame would allow him to make a living after the 1936 games, but he was wrong. Schaap's book will be in demand in most public libraries. Both books are essential for academic libraries collecting sports biographies and the history of sport. [For Schaap's book, see Prepub Alert, LJ 7/06.]-Todd Spires, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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