A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times

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Random House Children's Books, Jun 26, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 160 pages
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 Times

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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

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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

Contents

Sport in the Ancient World
17
The New Olympic Movement
41
The Games Gain Ground
69
Athletic Politics
91
Epilogue
107
Index
137
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BENSON BOBRICK earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of one other nonfiction book for young people, The Battle of Nashville, and several critically acclaimed books for adults. In 2002, he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He and his wife, Hilary, divide their time between New York and Vermont.

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