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Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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
ebook, 177 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by History Press (SC) (first published June 1st 2006)
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Stephen
detailed and interesting book looking at the berlin olympics of 1936 looking at the lead up and the games itself and how the nazi party used to the games for their own needs and observations from competitors
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
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Susan
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because of my fascination with the 1936 Olympics that arose while reading The Boys in the Boat. Christopher Hilton is British, so this book wasn't written from an American slant. I appreciated that, but didn't appreciate that he focused almost exclusively on track and field events.

His insight into how Hitler and Goebbels used the Olympic Games as a way to promote Nazi culture throughout the world was fascinating.
Lasse Bech
Denne danske udgave er første oplag. Jeg har aldrig oplevet en bog med så mange fejl. Det er et meget sjusket redaktionelt arbejde, der er lavet. Oversættelsen er fyldt med pinligheder, og der er stave- og trykfejl i et omfang der er pinligt.

Selve bogen er interessant - særligt fordi emnet er det. Forfatteren giver en god og interessant fortælling og dokumenterer fint i betragtning af den journalistiske genre.
Dave Hoff
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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.
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.
Chelsea
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I can't really say I enjoyed this book, because the barrage of facts and figures and comings and goings was difficult to slog through at times, but the overall picture Hilton brought about was worth reading it.
Lex
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Elizabeth
A little dry, but definitely some interesting background information about the athletes and their lives before and after the Olympics.
Jane
May 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finished, but really not well written or very interesting. More a recitation of who won what and a timeline. I think there might be another book with the same title. If I were you, I'd try that one.
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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
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