Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream

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Hodder & Stoughton, Apr 12, 2012 - History - 384 pages
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The 1936 Berlin Olympics brought together athletes, politicians, socialites, journalists, soldiers and artists from all over the world. But behind the scenes, they were a dress rehearsal for the horrors of the forthcoming conflict.

Hitler had secretly decided the Games would showcase Nazi prowess and the unwitting athletes became helpless pawns in his sinister political game. Berlin Games explores the machinations of a wide cast of characters, including sexually incontinent Nazis, corrupt Olympic officials, transvestite athletes and the mythic figure of Jesse Owens. By illuminating the dark, controversial recesses of the world's greatest sporting spectacle, Guy Walters throws shocking new light on the whole of Europe's troubled pre-war period.

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Good fundaes. Fast read. Too biased. No shades of grey. Author's already decided the heroes and the villians and ensures that you think the same as well. Could have had more photogrpahs. Read full review

Berlin Games: how the Nazi's stole the Olympic dream

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An iconic cast of athletes and political figures shares an international stage in this complex and engaging account of the planning, execution, and aftermath of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Guy Walters is the author of three bestselling wartime thrillers The Traitor, The Leader and The Occupation, all of which have been published in USA, Holland, Japan and France. He co-edited The Voice for War an anthology of Second World War memoirs. He was a journalist on The Times for eight years and regularly contributes to the Daily Mail.

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