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To explore this territory, Cousineau interweaves mythology, religion, and sports history, quoting from Homer to Whitman, Jim Thorpe to Babe Didrikson, and Yeats to Yogi Berra. His exuberant call to revive the ancient Greek ideal of integrating body, mind, and spirit reminds us that the Games provide marvelous metaphors for how to go about any venture: with passion and compassion, focus and fairness, and a sense for the sacred play at the heart of life.
|Introduction: The Olympic Spirit - The Secret Strength of the Great Games||1|
|Ch. 1||The Mythic Origins - The Spirit of Place and the Soul of Sports||23|
|Ch. 2||Gods, Games, and Guts - The Roots of Agony and Ecstasy||45|
|Ch. 3||The Sacred Festival - Celebration of the Contest||75|
|Ch. 4||The Struggle for Revival and the Passing of the Torch - 1896-1980||105|
|Ch. 5||The Fiery Pursuit of Excellence - 1980-2000||163|
|Ch. 6||The Philosopher Coach - The Art of Winning Wisely||213|
|Epilogue: An Olympic Vision for the Future||241|
Posted December 11, 2003
I order sports books for the Corona (Calif.) Public Library adult collection and was appalled at the number of factual mistakes that jumped out at me after just a cursory skimming of this book: 1. p. 13, last paragraph: Muhammad Ali did NOT light the Olympic cauldron at the 1992 Barcelona games. He did it at the 1996 Atlanta games. 2. p. 14, caption: same as above PLUS Ali was NOT the Olympic heavyweight champion. He was the lightheavyweight champion. 3. p. 47, top quote: The Tanzanian marathoner's name was NOT Akhwar but AKHWARI (spelling). 4. p. 107, top quote: The 1964 Olympics were in Tokyo, NOT Rome. 5. p. 201, caption: Gebrselassie ran the 10,000 meters, NOT the 1,500. 6. p. 215, caption: Percy Cerutty was an Australian, not a New Zealand, track coach. 7. p. 219, last line: Herb Elliot (book incorrectly spells it 'Eliot') was a 1,500 meter champion, NOT 5,000 meters. 8. p. 220, second paragraph: same as no. 7 What happened with the research and editing? With so many inaccuracies, it's hard to take the book seriously. I'm considering returning it to the publishers. Too bad! I expect many people - including junior high and high school students - to ask for books on the Olympics in 2004, an Olympic year, and this is one book I will definitely NOT recommend to them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.