From Publishers Weekly
Celebrating the Olympics return to Athens, this colorful and detailed volumecreated by the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, France, in partnership with the International Olympic Committee and the French sports newspaper LEquipeprovides a thorough history of the Games. Drawings, reprints of documents, and photographs (from salvaged black and white images to modern color action photos) illustrate the well-researched text, which describes every Olympics since 1896. International sentiment, historical context and athletic results are all recounted in detail, and notable athletes are highlighted in inspiring profiles. The book includes retellings of such important political events as the triumphs of African-American athletes in the 1936 Berlin Olympics (which "Hitler intended to use
to prove his political and ideological theories" about Aryan superiority), the hostage tragedy at Munich in 1972 and the United States boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. And, of course, there are vivid descriptions of athletic triumphs like Nadia Comanecis perfect tens in 1976 and the victories of Carl Lewis in 1984 and Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988. This imposing book does justice to the power and emotion of the Olympics.
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'THE OLYMPICS chronicles the modern Olympics, with details on the athletes, locations and sporting triumphs, as well as the politics and terrorism that has occasionally marred the events. Excellent photographs show how the Games (and the athlete's attire) have changed throughout the last century.' DAILY EXPRESS 'This official photographic history of the Olympics contains more or less everything a fan might wish to know or indeed, see, of the history of the Games... lavish... rich visual record... the images are stunning... the word definitive is often inappropriately used, but is, in this case, merited.' THE OBSERVER 'A big colourful history of the Games. The charming early photographs in black and white, show how much both physique and fashion have changed since those early years.' EVENING STANDARD