IN 1936, Adolf Hitler welcomed the world to Berlin to attend the
Olympic Games. It promised to be not only a magnificent sporting
event but also a grand showcase for the rebuilt Germany. No effort
was spared to present the Third Reich as the newest global power.
But beneath the glittering surface, the Games of the Eleventh
Olympiad of the Modern Era came to act as a crucible for the dark
political forces that were gathering, foreshadowing the bloody
conflict to come.
The 1936 Olympics were nothing less than the most political
sporting event of the last century--an epic clash between
proponents of barbarism and those of civilization, both of whom
tried to use the Games to promote their own values. Berlin Games is
the complete history of those fateful two weeks in August. It is a
story of the athletes and their accomplishments, an eye-opening
account of the Nazi machine's brazen attempt to use the Games as a
model of Aryan superiority and fascist efficiency, and a
devastating indictment of the manipulative power games of
politicians, diplomats, and Olympic officials that would ultimately
have profound consequences for the entire world.
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