Olympic Affair: A Novel of Hitler's Siren and America's Hero
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Olympic Affair: A Novel of Hitler's Siren and America's Hero

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Although not a member of the National Socialist Party, Leni Riefenstahl was the film-maker darling of the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. First a successful dancer and actress in Germany, she became more notorious when she produced and directed Victory of Faith and Triumph of the Will, the chilling documentaries about Nazi Party congresses at Nuremberg.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 2012 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published September 14th 2012)
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Leni Riefenstahl, having become well known as a dancer and actress, moved into film making - quite a feat in the nineteen thirties for a woman. However her renown was more due to the documentaries she made for the Nazis prior to World War II, and the rumours surrounding her relationship with Hitler than her gender. On the other side of the Atlantic Glenn Morris is a young athlete who is due to complete at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He's a small town boy who finds himself in the spotlight as on...more

When most people think of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, they think of Jesse Owens, the black athlete who won four gold medals in track events. His race is important because he destroyed Adolf Hitler’s dream of using the Olympics to highlight the superiority of Aryans. Other American track and field competitors won twenty nine additional medals, giving the team twenty two gold medals.
One of the most prominent Germans associated with that Olympics is Leni Riefenstahl. A noted Germa...more
Jon Manchester
Historical fiction, centered around the true story of a romance between U.S. gold medalist decathlete Glenn Morris and German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Morris won gold in 1936, in Berlin, and then was faced with the decision whether to stay in Germany with Leni or return home to his U.S. sweetheart. The author filled in a lot of gaps in the historical record by imagining what may have taken place, including a fair amount of liberty regarding Hitler. It is an entertaining story, but I prefer re...more
This is a fictional tale of American Olympic decathalon winner Glenn Morris and German actress/filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl under the backdrop of the 1936 Berlin games under Hitler's veil. I looked forward to reading this story as I'd never heard of Glenn Morris before receiving this book. This account was very well researched which is essential to a good historical novel and had me guessing through the entire book "is she or isn't she a Nazi?" Some of the dialogue got tedious and I felt it slow a...more
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This book is about the affair between Glenn Morris, the American decathlon winner in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and Leni Riefenstahl, a German filmmaker and actress known as Hitler's siren. It was an unlikely affair between the small-town boy from Simla, Colorado, and the worldly filmmaker who was independent and ambitious. Though this is a novel, Frei has researched the historical events thoroughly, this reads as a true story. It reminded me...more
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Award-winning journalist, author, and screenwriter Terry Frei is in his second stint at the Denver Post. He has been sports columnist for the Portland Oregonian, a football writer for the Sporting News, and an ESPN.com hockey columnist. Among his six previous books are Third Down and a War to Go, ’77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age, and Olympic Affair. His web site is www.terryfrei.com....more
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