Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream
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 DreamUser 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 DreamUser 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