A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times
From the barefoot races of 8th century BC to the underwater obstacle courses in the early 20th century to the high-tension Berlin Games preceding World War II, the Olympics have always been exciting dramas of athletic prowess and human interest. In A Passion for Victory, award-winning author Benson Bobrick tells the details of the captivating story of the Olympic Games, starting with their inception in Ancient Greece. This wonderfully readable narrative is rich with anecdotes and profiles of athletes and weaves in important historical events to create a complete picture of each installment of the Games. This thorough account of an international fixation is gripping, poignant, and occasionally hilarious.
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A PASSION FOR VICTORY: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern TimesUser Review - Kirkus
From the first Olympics in 776 B.C. to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a good portion of world history is told through the lens of sport.The first Olympics were held in a meadow in Olympia, Greece, to seek ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Sullywriter - LibraryThing
An informative, engaging overview of the Olympic Games from their beginning in ancient Greece through the "Nazi Olympics" of 1936 in Berlin. Read full review