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Sport, Revolution and the Beijing Olympics (Hardcover, English): Mel Brennan, Dong-Jhy Hwang, Grant Jarvie Sport, Revolution and the Beijing Olympics (Hardcover, English)
Mel Brennan, Dong-Jhy Hwang, Grant Jarvie
R2,410 R2,147 Discovery Miles 21 470 Save R263 (11%) Out of stock

The 2008 Olympic Games will be held in Beijing, but many human rights activists support a boycott. They liken the circumstances to previous governments that used the games to glorify their regimes--most notoriously the Nazis in 1936. What has led to this perception and is it fair? "Sport, Revolution and the Beijing Olympics" is a cultural history of sport in China that challenges many such ingrained Western assumptions. The authors unpick the relationship of sport to imperialism and revolution and examine its significance in both China and Taiwan at governmental and everyday levels. In the process they successfully debunk harmful myths, such as the prevalence of drugs in Chinese sport among women athletes, and present a balanced view that is a much-needed corrective to popular understanding.

A Shot At History : My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold (Paperback): Abhinav Bindra, Brijnath Rohit A Shot At History : My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold (Paperback)
Abhinav Bindra, Brijnath Rohit
R339 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R32 (9%) Out of stock
A Shot At History - My Obsessive Journey To Olympic Gold (Hardcover): Abhinav Bindra, Brijnath Rohit A Shot At History - My Obsessive Journey To Olympic Gold (Hardcover)
Abhinav Bindra, Brijnath Rohit
R481 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R35 (7%) Out of stock

He is a perfectionist, who once soled his shoes with rubber from Ferrari tyres because he thought it would help. He would wake up at 3 am. to practice at his range at home if an idea suddenly struck him. It is from such an incredible obsession that greatness arrives. But Abhinav Bindra's journey to become the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold, and the first Indian to win a World Championship gold, is far more than that. It is a triumph born of a tragedy. Having driven himself to become a great shooter, he was poised to win gold at the Athens Olympics in 2004. But defeated by a freak occurrence, he changed as a shooter: from a boy who loved shooting, he became an athlete bent on redemption, becoming a scientist who would try anything, including mapping his own brain, to win in Beijing.

Gender Politics and the Olympic Industry (Hardcover): Helen Jefferson Lenskyj Gender Politics and the Olympic Industry (Hardcover)
Helen Jefferson Lenskyj
R1,377 R1,268 Discovery Miles 12 680 Save R109 (8%) Out of stock

This book explores how the Olympic industry has shaped hegemonic concepts of sporting masculinities and femininities for its own profit and image-making ends, examining its continuing marginalization of athletes on account of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.

The Olympics (Paperback, Illustrated edition): David Arscott The Olympics (Paperback, Illustrated edition)
David Arscott
R196 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R11 (6%) Out of stock

The Olympics tells the epic and eventful story of one of the oldest and most prestigious sporting events in the world: the Olympic Games. This irreverent and entertaining history explores every aspect of the games, from its origins in ancient Greece to the iconic participants of the past century, like Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt.

Leni Riefenstahl and Olympia (Paperback, New edition): Cooper C. Graham Leni Riefenstahl and Olympia (Paperback, New edition)
Cooper C. Graham
R1,424 Discovery Miles 14 240 Out of stock

New in Paper! Leni Riefenstahl's four-hour film, Olympia, a major propaganda achievement of Nazi Germany in the 1930's, deals with the Eleventh Olympic Games that were held in Berlin in 1936. Olympia is also perhaps the best German film produced during the National Socialist period. Graham has scrutinized the history of the film and shows that it was deeply involved with the regime, both in its stages of production and in its later distribution. He also argues that the film can be regarded as a masterpiece of propaganda, and further, that virtually any work of this nature is bound to have a propaganda effect, whether intended or not. The author relates the film's subsequent history against the background of the worsening political situation in Europe. The events leading up to World War II were to have a profound effect on the future of the film. Aside from the political issues, the book describes the fascinating story of the making of an epic film. The book will be of value to film historians, sports scholars, and those interested in the history and culture of Nazi Germany. Available in paperback 2002. Cloth version previously published in 1986.

Olympics in Conflict - From the Games of the New Emerging Forces to the Rio Olympics (Paperback): Lu Zhouxiang, Fan Hong Olympics in Conflict - From the Games of the New Emerging Forces to the Rio Olympics (Paperback)
Lu Zhouxiang, Fan Hong
R1,039 Discovery Miles 10 390 Out of stock

In the second half of the twentieth century, the Olympics played an important role in the politics of the Cold War and was part of the conflicts between the Capitalist Block, the Socialist Block and Third World countries. The Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO) is one of the best examples of the politicization of sport and the Olympics in the Cold War era. From the 1980s onward, the Olympics has facilitated communication and cooperation between nations in the post-Cold War era and contributed to the formation of a new world order. In August 2016, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad were held in Rio de Janeiro, making Brazil the first South American country to host the Summer Olympics. This was widely regarded as a new landmark event in the history of the modern Olympic movement. From the GANEFO to Rio, the Olympic Games have witnessed the shifting balance in international politics and world economy. This book aims at understanding the transformation of the Olympics over the past decades and tries to explain how the Olympic movement played its part in world politics, the world economy and international relations against the background of the rise of developing countries. The chapters in this book were published as a special issue in The International Journal of the History of Sport.

Olympic Exclusions - Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies (Paperback): Jacqueline Kennelly Olympic Exclusions - Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies (Paperback)
Jacqueline Kennelly
R1,125 Discovery Miles 11 250 Out of stock

Olympic Games are sold to host city populations on the basis of legacy commitments that incorporate aid for the young and the poor. Yet little is known about the realities of marginalized young people living in host cities. Do they benefit from social housing and employment opportunities? Or do they fall victim to increased policing and evaporating social assistance? This book answers these questions through an original ethnographic study of young people living in the shadow of Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. Setting qualitative research alongside critical analysis of policy documents, bidding reports and media accounts, this study explores the tension between promises made and lived reality. Its eight chapters offer a rich and complex account of marginalized young people's experiences as they navigate the possibilities and contradictions of living in an Olympic host city. Their stories illustrate the limits to the promises made by Olympic bidding and organizing committees and raise important questions about the ethics of public funding for such mega-events. This book will be fascinating reading for anyone interested in the Olympics, sport and social exclusion, and sport and politics, as well as for those working in the fields of youth studies, social policy and urban studies.

The Boys in the Boat - Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Standard format, CD): Daniel... The Boys in the Boat - Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Standard format, CD)
Daniel James Brown; Read by Edward Herrmann
R1,120 R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Save R336 (30%) Out of stock

For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's "Seabiscuit" and "Unbroken," the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics
"
"Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together--a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.
Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, "The Boys in the Boat "is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times--the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's "The Amateurs."

Not the Triumph But the Struggle - The 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete (Paperback): Amy Bass Not the Triumph But the Struggle - The 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete (Paperback)
Amy Bass
R491 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R35 (7%) Out of stock

"In her excellent new book, Amy Bass uses the famous 'black power' podium salute by sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith as the centerpiece of her expansive examination of the black athlete in America." -Boston Globe

"Amy Bass's powerful and nuanced account of the Olympic Project for Human Rights gives us the story behind this picture-a story that will change our conception of the history of sport and racial politics." -Robin D. G. Kelley

"Beautifully written, as well as appropriately complex and wide-ranging. As much as sports might appear to be a straight-ahead business, where the 'best' might be rightly rewarded, Bass deftly reveals the difficulties of maintaining a sense of self, collective consciousness, and political urgency." -Philadelphia City Paper

"Amy Bass sorts through the events and perceptions linked to some of the biggest names and moments in sports history and assesses their meaning beyond the playing field." -Bob Costas

Amy Bass is assistant professor of history at the College of New Rochelle and is a member of the NBC research team covering the Olympic Games including Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Salt Lake 2002, and Athens 2004.

Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Volume One: Making the Games (Hardcover): Vassil Girginov Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Volume One: Making the Games (Hardcover)
Vassil Girginov
R3,263 Discovery Miles 32 630 Out of stock

The "Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games" is an authoritative and comprehensive account of the world s greatest sporting and cultural event. It tells the complete story of the 2012 Games from inception, through the successful bidding process and the planning and preparation phase, to delivery, the post-Games period and legacy. Written by a world-class team of international Olympic scholars, the book offers analysis of the full social, cultural, political, historical, economic and sporting context of the Games. From the political, commercial and structural complexities of organising an event on such a scale, to the sporting action that holds the attention of the world, this book illuminates every aspect of the 2012 Games, helping us to better understand the vital role that sport and culture play in contemporary global society.

The book is divided into two volumes. "Volume One: Making the Games, " examines the build-up to London 2012, covering key topics such as:

  • the bidding process
  • planning and decision making
  • financing the Games
  • developing the infrastructure
  • engaging national and international governing bodies of sport
  • engaging the UK public
  • engaging a global public
  • developing a legacy programme
  • the Cultural Olympiad.

Richly illustrated with the personal accounts of key stakeholders, from sports administrators and politicians to athletes and spectators, and including essential data and evocative visual material, this book is essential reading for anybody with a personal or professional interest in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, global culture or the development of sport.

Olympic Ethics and Philosophy (Hardcover): Mike McNamee, Jim Parry Olympic Ethics and Philosophy (Hardcover)
Mike McNamee, Jim Parry
R3,248 Discovery Miles 32 480 Out of stock

This book contains an international collection of essays by leading philosophers of sport on the ethics and philosophy of the Olympic Games. The essays consider a range of topics including critical reflections on nationalism and internationalism within the Olympic movement, sexism in Olympic marketing and sponsorship, the preservation and corruption of Olympism, the underlying ideology of the Olympic Games, the inequalities of perception in ability and disability as it informs our understanding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and comparisons between ancient and modern interpretations of the meaning and significance of the Olympic Games. This book will be of interest to historians, philosophers, and sociologists of sports, as well as to the sporting public who simply want to know more about the grounding ideas behind the greatest show on earth. This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.

Heritage and the Olympics - People, Place and Performance (Hardcover, New): Sean Gammon, Gregory Ramshaw, Emma Waterton Heritage and the Olympics - People, Place and Performance (Hardcover, New)
Sean Gammon, Gregory Ramshaw, Emma Waterton
R3,238 Discovery Miles 32 380 Out of stock

The Olympic Games have evolved into the most prestigious sport event on the planet. As a consequence, each Games generates more and more interest from the academic community. Sociology, politics, geography and history have all played a part in helping to understand the meanings and implications of the Games. Heritage, too, offers invaluable insights into what we value about the Games, and what we would like to pass on to future generations. Each Olympic Games unquestionably represents key life-markers to a broad audience across the world, and the great events that take place within them become worthy of remembrance, celebration and protection. The more tangible heritage features are also evident; from the myriad artefacts and ephemera found in museums to the celebratory symbolism of past Olympic venues and sites that have become visitor attractions in their own right. This edited collection offers detailed and thought-provoking examples of these heritage components, and illustrates powerfully the breadth, passion and cultural significance that the Olympics engender. This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Heritage Studies.

Olympics in Conflict - From the Games of the New Emerging Forces to the Rio Olympics (Hardcover): Lu Zhouxiang, Fan Hong Olympics in Conflict - From the Games of the New Emerging Forces to the Rio Olympics (Hardcover)
Lu Zhouxiang, Fan Hong
R3,377 Discovery Miles 33 770 Out of stock

In the second half of the twentieth century, the Olympics played an important role in the politics of the Cold War and was part of the conflicts between the Capitalist Block, the Socialist Block and Third World countries. The Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO) is one of the best examples of the politicization of sport and the Olympics in the Cold War era. From the 1980s onward, the Olympics has facilitated communication and cooperation between nations in the post-Cold War era and contributed to the formation of a new world order. In August 2016, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad were held in Rio de Janeiro, making Brazil the first South American country to host the Summer Olympics. This was widely regarded as a new landmark event in the history of the modern Olympic movement. From the GANEFO to Rio, the Olympic Games have witnessed the shifting balance in international politics and world economy. This book aims at understanding the transformation of the Olympics over the past decades and tries to explain how the Olympic movement played its part in world politics, the world economy and international relations against the background of the rise of developing countries. The chapters in this book were published as a special issue in The International Journal of the History of Sport.

Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Volume Two: Celebrating the Games (Hardcover, New): Vassil Girginov Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Volume Two: Celebrating the Games (Hardcover, New)
Vassil Girginov
R3,393 Discovery Miles 33 930 Out of stock

The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the first authoritative and comprehensive account of the world s greatest sporting and cultural event. It tells the complete story of the 2012 Games from inception, through the successful bidding process and the planning and preparation phase, to delivery, the post-Games period and legacy. Written by a world-class team of international Olympic scholars, the book offers critical analysis of the social, cultural, political, historical, economic and sporting context of the Games. From the political, commercial and structural complexities of organising an event on such a scale, to the sporting action that holds the attention of the world, this book illuminates the key aspects of the 2012 Games, helping us to better understand the vital role that sport and culture play in contemporary global society.

The book is divided into two volumes: Volume Two - Celebrating the Games, examines the period of competition and immediately afterwards, covering key topics such as:

  • London welcomes the world - hospitality and the look of the games
  • Experiencing the games -spectators, tourists, volunteers, shoppers, viewers
  • Media and communications
  • Running the games
  • Creating Olympic celebrities
  • Protesting the games
  • Commerce, retail and consumption
  • Documenting London 2012 in films and books
  • The legacy of the 2012 Games for London, the UK and the Olympic Movement

Richly illustrated with the personal accounts of key stakeholders, from sports administrators and politicians to athletes and spectators, and including essential data and evocative visual material, this book is essential reading for anybody with a personal or professional interest in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, global culture or the development of sport.

The Olympics: The Basics (Paperback): Andy Miah, Beatriz Garcia The Olympics: The Basics (Paperback)
Andy Miah, Beatriz Garcia
R547 R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Save R64 (12%) Out of stock

The Olympics: The Basics is an accessible, issues based introduction to the unique worldwide Olympic Movement and resulting Olympics. Examining all aspects of an event which traverses sport, politics, culture, entertainment and education, this book covers:

  • The history of the Games
  • Management and organisation
  • The political dimension
  • The role of the media
  • The culture, identity and legacy of the Games
  • Controversies surrounding the event
  • Future directions of the Olympic Movement

Giving readers a rounded understanding of all dimensions of the Olympics, this book is essential reading for students of sports studies, Olympic studies and events management, and all those wishing to gain a deeper insight into the world 's largest sporting event.

The Olympics - A Critical Reader (Paperback, New): Jim Parry, Vassil Girginov The Olympics - A Critical Reader (Paperback, New)
Jim Parry, Vassil Girginov
R1,391 Discovery Miles 13 910 Out of stock

The Olympics: A Critical Reader represents a unique, critical guide to the definitive sporting mega-event and the wider phenomenon it represents - Olympism. Combining classic texts and thoughtful editorial discussion with challenging new pieces, including previously unseen material, the book systematically addresses the key questions in modern Olympism, including: what does studying Olympism entail? how do historical accounts create and challenge Olympic myths? how do different theoretical perspectives inform our understanding of Olympism? which socio-political processes influence personal, collective and imagined Olympic identities? how do we experience and make sense of Olympism? who owns Olympism and why does it matter? how do cities compete for and celebrate the Olympics? How are the Olympic values promoted? why is it important to protect the ethical principles and properties of Olympism? what are the grounds for contesting Olympism? how can Olympism be taught? how can the principles and practices of Olympism be sustained in the future? Each thematic part has been designed to include a range of views, including background treatment of an issue as well as critical scholarship, to ensure that students develop a well-rounded understanding of the Olympic phenomenon. The Olympics: A Critical Reader is essential reading for students of the Olympics and Olympism, the sociology of sport, sport management and cultural studies.

The History of the Olympic Games - Faster, Higher, Stronger (Hardcover, Revised & Updated): International Olympic Committee The History of the Olympic Games - Faster, Higher, Stronger (Hardcover, Revised & Updated)
International Olympic Committee 1
R425 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R85 (20%) Out of stock

Published in association with the International Olympic Committee, The History of the Olympic Games: Faster, Higher, Stronger brings to life, through more than 225 photographs, the glorious history of the Olympic Summer Games. Illustrating the values that unite the world through sport every four years, beginning in 776 BC in ancient Greece, through to its revival in 1896 and the subsequent editions, this exceptional volume, revised, updated and in an exciting new format, charts the event's absorbing and exemplary history and a wealth of world sporting achievement.

A book of dreams, the International Olympic Committee has graciously allowed items of rare historical documents from their exclusive archive to be photographed, allowing readers to get closer to the world's greatest sporting spectacle than ever before.

Written with the full co-operation of the International Olympic Committee.

Olympic Exclusions - Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies (Hardcover): Jacqueline Kennelly Olympic Exclusions - Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies (Hardcover)
Jacqueline Kennelly
R3,369 Discovery Miles 33 690 Out of stock

Olympic Games are sold to host city populations on the basis of legacy commitments that incorporate aid for the young and the poor. Yet little is known about the realities of marginalized young people living in host cities. Do they benefit from social housing and employment opportunities? Or do they fall victim to increased policing and evaporating social assistance? This book answers these questions through an original ethnographic study of young people living in the shadow of Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. Setting qualitative research alongside critical analysis of policy documents, bidding reports and media accounts, this study explores the tension between promises made and lived reality. Its eight chapters offer a rich and complex account of marginalized young people's experiences as they navigate the possibilities and contradictions of living in an Olympic host city. Their stories illustrate the limits to the promises made by Olympic bidding and organizing committees and raise important questions about the ethics of public funding for such mega-events. This book will be fascinating reading for anyone interested in the Olympics, sport and social exclusion, and sport and politics, as well as for those working in the fields of youth studies, social policy and urban studies.

The Union of Synchronised Swimmers (Paperback): Cristina Sandu The Union of Synchronised Swimmers (Paperback)
Cristina Sandu; Translated by Cristina Sandu 1
R279 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R52 (19%) Out of stock

It's summer behind the Iron Curtain, and six girls begin a journey to the Olympics. But will they return? In a stateless place, on the wrong side of a river separating East from West, six girls meet each day to swim. At first, they play, splashing each other and floating languidly on the water's surface. But as summer draws to an end, the game becomes something more. They hone their bodies relentlessly. Their skin shades into bruises. They barter cigarettes stolen from the factory where they work for swimsuits to stretch over their sunburnt skin. They tear their legs into splits, flick them back and forth, like herons. They force themselves to stop breathing. Then, one day, it finally happens: their visas arrive. But can what's waiting on the other side of the river satisfy their longing for a different kind of life?

Sport, Revolution and the Beijing Olympics (Paperback, English): Mel Brennan, Dong-Jhy Hwang, Grant Jarvie Sport, Revolution and the Beijing Olympics (Paperback, English)
Mel Brennan, Dong-Jhy Hwang, Grant Jarvie
R928 Discovery Miles 9 280 Out of stock

The 2008 Olympic Games will be held in Beijing, but many human rights activists support a boycott. They liken the circumstances to previous governments that used the games to glorify their regimes--most notoriously the Nazis in 1936. What has led to this perception and is it fair? "Sport, Revolution and the Beijing Olympics" is a cultural history of sport in China that challenges many such ingrained Western assumptions. The authors unpick the relationship of sport to imperialism and revolution and examine its significance in both China and Taiwan at governmental and everyday levels. In the process they successfully debunk harmful myths, such as the prevalence of drugs in Chinese sport among women athletes, and present a balanced view that is a much-needed corrective to popular understanding.

Putin's Olympics - The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia (Hardcover): Robert W. Orttung, Sufian... Putin's Olympics - The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia (Hardcover)
Robert W. Orttung, Sufian N. Zhemukhov
R3,498 Discovery Miles 34 980 Out of stock

President Vladimir Putin's Olympic venture put the workings of contemporary Russia on vivid display. The Sochi Olympics were designed to symbolize Russia's return to great power status, but subsequent aggression against Ukraine, large-scale corruption, and the doping scandal have become the true legacies of the games. The Kremlin's style of governance through mega-projects has had deleterious consequences for the country's development. Placing the Sochi games into the larger context of Olympic history, this book examines the political, security, business, ethnic, societal, and international ramifications of Putin's system.

The Games - A Global History of the Olympics (Hardcover): David Goldblatt The Games - A Global History of the Olympics (Hardcover)
David Goldblatt
R724 R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Save R69 (10%) Out of stock

For millions of people around the world, the Summer and Winter Games are a joy and a treasure, but how did they develop into a global colossus? How have they been buffeted by-and, in turn, affected by-world events? Why do we care about them so much? From the reinvention of the Games in Athens in 1896 to Rio in 2016, best-selling sportswriter David Goldblatt brilliantly traces their history through national triumphs and tragedies, individual victories and failures. Here is the story of grand Olympic traditions such as winners' medals, the torch relay, and the eternal flame. Here is the story of popular Olympic events such as gymnastics, the marathon, and alpine skiing (as well as discontinued ones like tug-of-war). And here in all their glory are Olympic icons from Jesse Owens to Nadia Comaneci, Abebe Bikila to Bob Beamon, the Dream Team to Usain Bolt. Hailed in the Wall Street Journal for writing about sports "with the expansive eye of a social and cultural critic," Goldblatt goes beyond the medal counts to tell how women fought to be included in the Olympics on equal terms, how the wounded of World War II led to the Paralympics, and how the Olympics reflect changing attitudes to race and ethnicity. He explores the tensions between the Games' amateur ideals and professionalization and commercialism in sports, the pitched battles between cities for the right to host the Games, and their often disappointing economic legacy. And in covering such seminal moments as Jesse Owens and Hitler at Berlin in 1936, the Black Power salute at Mexico City in 1968, the massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich in 1972, and the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid in 1980, Goldblatt shows how prominently the modern Olympics have highlighted profound domestic and international conflicts. Illuminated with dazzling vignettes from over a century of the Olympics, this stunningly researched and engagingly written history captures the excitement, drama, and kaleidoscopic experience of the Games.

The Boys in the Boat - Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Hardcover, Large type / large... The Boys in the Boat - Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Daniel James Brown
R928 Discovery Miles 9 280 Out of stock

For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's "Seabiscuit" and "Unbroken," the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics
"
"Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together--a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.
Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, "The Boys in the Boat "is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times--the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's "The Amateurs."

For the Glory - Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr (Large print, Hardcover, large type... For the Glory - Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr (Large print, Hardcover, large type edition)
Duncan Hamilton
R932 Discovery Miles 9 320 Out of stock
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