The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games / Edition 2

The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games / Edition 2

by Allen Guttmann
     
 

Glories and fiascos, triumphs and tragedies, records and near misses--all are included in this vivid history of the modern Olympics. Using as a backdrop the athletic events that draw television audiences in the billions, Allen Guttmann has written an interpretive social history of the games. What did the founders of the Olympic Games intend them to mean? And what have… See more details below

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Glories and fiascos, triumphs and tragedies, records and near misses--all are included in this vivid history of the modern Olympics. Using as a backdrop the athletic events that draw television audiences in the billions, Allen Guttmann has written an interpretive social history of the games. What did the founders of the Olympic Games intend them to mean? And what have they, in the course of a century of tumultuous change, become? Guttmann probes the political, economic, social, and even religious significance of the games, presenting the most complete and readable account to date. In the broadest sense, Guttmann argues, politics has always been a part of the Olympics, not an occasional intruder whose presence may take the form of a boycott, protest, or act of terrorism. The book includes lively accounts of individual competitions. An early marathon through the streets of Paris, for example, brought complaints from the U.S. team that the course had been designed to allow French contestants to take shortcuts. Guttmann also provides insight into the behind-the-scenes maneuvering involved in site selection, as well as little-known facts about the general history of the games and about longtime IOC leader Avery Brundage.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252070464
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Illinois History of Sports Series
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
246,041
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: The Olympic Games Are More Than Games1
1The Baron's Dream7
2Growing Pains and Increasing Success21
3The Games Reach Maturity37
4The Most Controversial Olympics53
5Destruction and Recovery73
6In the Shadow of the Cold War85
7The Era of (Relative) Good Feelings103
8Organizational Strains113
9A Time of Troubles125
10The Era of the Boycott141
11Calgary and Seoul - But Not Pyongyang165
12Juan Antonio Samaranch as CEO171
13After the Cold War183
Appendix195
Bibliographical Essay197
Index203

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