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Rome 1960 by David Maraniss
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Apr 06, 12

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Read from March 24 to April 06, 2012 — I own a copy

This book is AMAZING. You should read it if you like any of the following: sports, the Olympics, America, underdog stories, and/or good books in general. I'm not a big sports fan but I get sucked into the Olympics every two years, hearing the stories about the athletes overcoming obstacles both large and small to live their moment of Olympic glory. It blows my mind every time I see an event to think about how these people train their whole lives for a chance to compete in a contest that may only last a few precious minutes or even only seconds. It's such pressure!

I learned so much from this book, but it's not just about athletics. It's about everything from American Civil Rights to the Cold War, doping to the beginning of the Olympics being televised, the still-relevant battle between amateur and professional sports, competition versus friendship, worldwide politics ... all told in a thoroughly engaging and captivating way. You will not regret picking up this book.

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