Mar 23, 15
Read in March, 2015
A novel written by a man I appreciate on NPR's sports reviews, about a mother who is dying and finally tells the story of her Olympic experience in Germany in 1936. Actually she doesn't qualify and can't actually swim but ends up going, meeting a German love as well as various celebrities of the time. She gets a real feel for the nastiness of the Nazis. She returns home to her Chesapeake area and meets a man she marries......
There is an interesting section about the comparison between our loathing of blacks back in about 1936, their lynchings, segregation, mistreatment vs. how Nazis view Jews. I've heard that comparison before but this goes into more depth, including how a Nazi visiting the US is allowed places blacks cannot go. The book appears to be based on actual events, melding famous people in with the fictional Sydney swimmer and Horst, the German love.