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The games : a global history of the Olympics

Author: David Goldblatt
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A renowned sportswriter describes the reinvention and modern history of the Olympic Games, from its rebirth in 1896 Athens to the present, highlighting all the classic moments of highest achievement, including Jesse Owens, Nadia Comaneci, the Miracle on Ice and Usain Bolt. --Publisher's description.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Goldblatt
ISBN: 9780393292770 0393292770
OCLC Number: 921868930
Description: 516 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: This grandiose and salutary task : the reinvention of the Olympic Games --
All the fun of the fair : The Olympics at the end of the Belle Époque --
Not the only game in town : the Olympics and its challengers in the 1920s --
It's showtime! : the Olympics as spectacle --
Small was beautiful : the lost worlds of the post-War Olympics --
The image is still there : spectacle versus anti-spectacle at the Games --
Things fall apart : bankruptcy, boycotts, and the end of amateurism --
Boom! : the globalization of the Olympics after the Cold War --
Going south : the Olympics in the new world order.
Responsibility: David Goldblatt.

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A renowned sportswriter describes the reinvention and modern history of the Olympic Games, from its rebirth in 1896 Athens to the present, highlighting all the classic moments of highest achievement, including Jesse Owens, Nadia Comaneci, the Miracle on Ice and Usain Bolt. --Publisher's description.

Goldblatt describes the reinvention and modern history of the Olympic Games, from its rebirth in 1896 Athens to the present. He highlights all the classic moments of highest achievement, while also going behind the medal counts to tell how women fought to be included in the Olympics on equal terms; how the wounded of World War II led to the Paralympics; and how the Olympics reflect changing attitudes to race and ethnicity.

"The definitive sports and social history of the modern Olympic Games--by one of the most celebrated sportswriters of our time, "--NoveList.

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