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The Resource Nazi games : the Olympics of 1936, David Clay Large

Nazi games : the Olympics of 1936, David Clay Large

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Nazi games : the Olympics of 1936
Title
Nazi games
Title remainder
the Olympics of 1936
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David Clay Large
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Subject
Language
eng
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Review
  • (The following is a combined review for Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936 and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics) These books approach the 1936 Berlin summer Olympics—Hitler's Olympics—in very different ways. The 1936 games have taken on mythical proportions beyond mere sports history. In front of Hitler, and Leni Riefenstahl's documentary camera, Jesse Owens won four gold medals. Large (history, Montana State Univ.; Berlin ) chronicles the Berlin games, from the city's being awarded the games, to international efforts to boycott them (boycotts and other sanctions were considered internationally, but ultimately only one country stayed away), to their lingering effects on the tragic Munich Olympics of 1972. With its huge facilities, ornate ceremonies (the first to include the torch relay), and related cultural activities, the Berlin games shaped the Olympics into the huge spectacle that they are today. This is a very detailed and well-crafted book, a pleasure to read.With Triumph , Schaap (ESPN; Cinderella Man ) has written the definitive biography of Jesse Owens, considered by some to be the greatest Olympian ever. While touching more briefly on Owens's life before and after 1936, including his Alabama childhood and his later work for the State of Illinois, Schaap rightly focuses on Owens's track and field heroics. Blessed with remarkable speed, he set NCAA and Olympic records in numerous events. Afraid of being unable to support his family, he often allowed others to make decisions and take positions for him that he himself did not support. He deflected accusations that Hitler snubbed him at the Olympics, insisting that he saw a small wave from the German leader. He hoped his fame would allow him to make a living after the 1936 games, but he was wrong. Schaap's book will be in demand in most public libraries. Both books are essential for academic libraries collecting sports biographies and the history of sport. [For Schaap's book, see Prepub Alert, LJ 7/06.]—Todd Spires, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL --Todd Spires (Reviewed April 1, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 6, p97)
  • /* Starred Review */ The Olympics are supposed to transcend politics, but this fine study reminds us that the Berlin Games were nothing but political.The 1936 Games were also a victory for the Nazis in several senses apart from medal count. They had long reviled the Olympics, whose apolitical ideals and independence from ethnic, religious and racial considerations were anathema to a party founded on racism, whose leaders believed "politics guide everything, and . . . politics is already inherent in sports." Nonetheless, Hitler was convinced that an Olympiad in Germany would serve his purposes by showing off the Nazi state. He spent huge sums of money refurbishing the capital and building a massive stadium complex; he provided government subsidies so that German athletes could train for a year and a half—Aryan athletes, that is. Long before the Games were played, the Nazi machine disqualified and dismissed Jews, including high-jumper Gretel Bergmann, who very well might have won the event for Germany had she been allowed to compete. (Invited to attend a commemorative ceremony in 1986, she replied, "Although fifty years have passed since my exclusion from the German Olympic team in Berlin, my disappointment and bitterness have only slightly abated.") As Large (And the World Closed Its Doors, 2003, etc.) shows, the exclusion of Jewish athletes did not go unnoticed. A major boycott failed to materialize, but far fewer tourists attended the Berlin Olympics than had been projected, despite the presence of Hitler supporters such as Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Undeterred, the Nazis introduced the tradition of the torch relay, funded Leni Riefenstahl's film Olympia, won favorable contracts from Coca-Cola and IBM and took home bucketfuls of medals. The biggest surprise in Large's vigorous book, though, is what Jesse Owens had to say about Hitler.An excellent contribution to sports—and political—history. (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2007)
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Large, David Clay
Dewey number
796.48
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
GV722 1936
LC item number
.L37 2007
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non fiction
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  • Olympic Games
  • Sports
  • National socialism and sports
  • Sports and state
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the Olympics of 1936
Label
Nazi games : the Olympics of 1936, David Clay Large
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip076/2006101366.html
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-377) and index
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Contents
Introduction : a bridge to the ancient Greeks? -- "Faster, higher, stronger" : the modern Olympics from Athens to Amsterdam -- Enter the Nazis -- Boycott Berlin! -- The winter games -- On to Berlin -- "Holy flame, burn" : the ceremonial games -- "Darktown parade" : track and field -- Of pools, mats, rings, and rough waters -- Olympia -- Epilogue : "the games must go on"
Control code
629225
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 401 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393058840
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2006101366
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780393058840
  • (OCoLC)77485879
Label
Nazi games : the Olympics of 1936, David Clay Large
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip076/2006101366.html
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : a bridge to the ancient Greeks? -- "Faster, higher, stronger" : the modern Olympics from Athens to Amsterdam -- Enter the Nazis -- Boycott Berlin! -- The winter games -- On to Berlin -- "Holy flame, burn" : the ceremonial games -- "Darktown parade" : track and field -- Of pools, mats, rings, and rough waters -- Olympia -- Epilogue : "the games must go on"
Control code
629225
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 401 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393058840
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2006101366
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393058840
  • (OCoLC)77485879

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