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Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games

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The Berlin Olympic Games, more than 70 years on, remain the most controversial ever held. This book creates a vivid account of the disputes, the personalities, and the events which made these Games so memorable. Ironically, the choice of Germany as the host national for the 1936 Olympics was intended to signal the return to the world community after defeat in World War I....more
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Published November 1st 2011 by History Press (SC) (first published June 1st 2006)
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Shannon Marshall Lush
A compelling book that delves into the myths built up about one of the most infamous moments in Nazi Germany's history. On the face of it, the last place on Earth that ought to be awarded the opportunity to celebrate the coming together of humanity in peaceful athletic endeavor was Berlin in 1936. The writer denotes the extraordinary circumstances that led to the awarding of these Olympics to the most evil regime in human history. One of the few elements of the previous democratic government tha...more
Tomi
There were a couple of flaws that really bothered me in this book - it was hard to tell when the author was using quotes, since the quoted material was set as just another paragraph. There were also areas where the author just listed events. All in all, however, this was a very good read. There was a lot of anecdotal material and trivial information. I also liked the inclusion of what happened to the various athletes after the Olympics.
Margaret Sankey
Although this is an extremely compelling story, Hilton manages to make it a slog with two sentence paragraphs and the lurchy style of "and then happened, and then this happened, and then, wait, something else had happened elsewhere days before." Get it together, man. These are Nazis you're making boring.
Dave Hoff
Nov 09, 2012 Dave Hoff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brad Hoff
This book, as well as the book on dirigibles, both non-fiction were the sourse of material for the fiction book "Flight From Berlin". It tells of how Hitler kept out some of the Jewish athletes from competing and also refuse to shaske the hand of Jesse Owens & other blacks. A good read for anyone intetrested in the Olympics and also Hitler's rise to power.
Lex
read a bit like a list of events.... dry.... and huge quotes from other books got a bit confusing... but appreciated the historical background. looking back now it seems the whole event was very ominous and telling of what was to come but i guess at the time who could have imagined?
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Christopher (Chris) Hilton was a former sportswriter with the Daily Express.

Hilton had begun his career in journalism at The Journal in Newcastle, and then worked at the Express‘s offices in Manchester before moving to London in the mid-1970s when recruited by then sports editor Ken Lawrence to cover Formula 1.

Hilton was a key member of the sports desk editing staff, as well as covering ice skatin...more
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