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Hitler's Olympics: The Story of the 1936 Nazi Games

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  10 reviews
For two weeks in August 1936, Nazi Germany achieved an astonishing propaganda coup when it staged the Olympic Games in Berlin. Hiding their anti-semitism and plans for territorial expansion, the Nazis exploited the Olympic ideal, dazzling visiting spectators and journalists alike with an image of a peaceful, tolerant Germany. In Hitler's Olympics, Anton Rippon tells the st ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by Pen & Sword Books (first published 2006)
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The beginning of the book, leading up to the Olympics was far more interesting than the actual Olympics part. He teased some interesting stories regarding the individual athletes that participated, but veered away from them and instead presented basically a TSN style summary of the results, which was not all that interesting since most of the names meant nothing to me (with the exception of Jesse Owens, who was familiar to me since I read The Book Thief recently) and even some of the sports are ...more
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Nov 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Great photos and some interesting behind-the-scenes stories about the athletes and of course, the politics at the time. Also interesting juxtaposition of what was happening in Nazi Germany and the treatment in the US of African-Americans...not as horrific and large-scale but still a time when we treated people so poorly and so differently because of race. This is a good read for those who love Olympic stories.
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Debbie Henderson
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A very interesting read especially as we're gearing up for another Olympics!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Detailed researched and professionally written. The story of the 1936 Olympics is an interesting one, the games were certainly well organised, Hitler’s regime had a lot of power. The nazi’s hid their true intentions well for the period of the games and the book deals with the many serious issues such as the success of ‘non-German’ athletes and whether the other nations of the world should have boycotted the games. Soon, there will be no one alive who remembers what the nazi’s did and this must n ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
If you're interested in the history of the Olympics (or even sports in general) this is an interesting enough book that goes into great detail about the athletic events of both the Winter and Summer Olympics held in Nazi Germany in 1936. It also offers some interesting behind the scenes information about the organization (and the organizers) of the Games. It does note the intersection of sports and politics in these Games (and which has never actually stopped) that were used mostly for propagand ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Anton Ripponin "Hitlerin olympialaiset 1936" (Minerva, 2013) kartoittaa Berliinin olympiakisojen taustoja ja tapahtumia. Keskiöön nousevat juutalaisten urheilijoiden asema, kansainvälinen keskustelu ennen kisoja (mm. mahdollinen olympiaboikotti) ja luonnollisesti ehkä se kaikkein tunnetuin urheilija eli legenda nimeltä Jesse Owen.

Kovin syvälliseksi tai lennokkaaksi kerronta ei nouse, mutta siitä huolimatta kiinnostavia hetkiä ja anekdootteja nostetaan esille mm. saksalaisten absurdeja mittasuht
Tommi Mannila
Kirjan mielenkiintoinen aihe käy pirun tylsäksi kirjan loppupuolella, kun kirjailija alkaa käymään läpi 1936 olympialaisten urheilutuloksia. Muutenkin kirjassa olisi ollut mielenkiintoisempaa sukeltaa vielä syvemmälle natsi-saksan ja muun maailman väliseen politiikkaan urheilun suhteen, tälläisenään kirja antaa aika pintapuolisen kuvan asioista.

Suomenkielisestä versioista pitää vielä mainita se että suomentaja kommentoi aivan liikaa asioita varsinaisen tekstin sisällä.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned some interesting things about the Nazi Olympics in Berlin, but much of what I read was about the same things that I had learned before. I had read Mandell's book "The Nazi Olympics" forty years ago, and I remember it as a more fascinating depiction. I was hoping for the same flow that I remember from my youth, but maybe now that I am more curmudgeonly, this book did not excite me in the same way.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well, it's an interesting topic and there was certainly research done. Unfortunately, at least the eBook edition of this is a copyediting disaster.
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Anton Rippon is a British journalist, author and publisher.

Born in Derby during the Second World War. He has spent almost all his working life in the newspaper and publishing industry. He is the author of 30 books, including an autobiographical memoir A Derby Boy, which was published in 2007.

His work has appeared in a wide range of national newspapers and magazines and he has written radio docume