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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Review: Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream

User Review  - David - Goodreads

This book gives a good overview of how the Nazis hijacked the Olympics and used it as a tool for political propaganda, and how the rest of the world let them do it. Being a British writer, the author ... Read full review

Review: Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream

User Review  - Rebecca Bugge - Goodreads

This book is rather had to rate - because it feels like two books joined together. One book is about the politics of the Olympics and how things went on behind closed (and sometimes open) doors. That ... 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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