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Rome 1960 by David Maraniss
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Sep 18, 09

Read in September, 2009

Subtitled 'The Olympics that changed the World' might overstate their importance some but this is still an engaging read. Highlights are the profiles of Wilma Rudolph, Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, Dave Sime and Rafer Johnson. Maraniss' details the propaganda efforts of US and Soviet governments' at a taut time in the Cold War including the CIA handing pamphlets to US athletes on how to try and turn Soviet athletes into defecting. The chauvinism of this time was still rampant not least among sports writers. This Olympics took place only 50 years ago but it feels longer ago than that.

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