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Rome 1960 by David Maraniss
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Jan 13, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: sports, history
Read in August, 2008

I think it is fair to say that I am not the only victim of the quadrennial affliction known as “Olympic Fever”. I’m sure that I am not alone in reporting that I watch televised diving, pole vaulting and rowing only once every four years, often neglecting essentials like hygiene and sleep to do so. It is almost a truism to point out that the Olympics has captured the imagination and passion of both athletes and non-athletes alike and has become a unique institution that seemingly cuts across all cultural boundaries. In ROME 1960, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Maraniss tells the story of how the 1960 Olympics were the beginning of the Olympics’ ascension to the pinnacle of sport and at the same time served as the motive force that set off cultural transformations in multiple dimensions around the world.

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