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Top 5 Olympics Books

Top 5 Olympics Books

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  1. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics
  2. The Boys of Winter
  3. How To Watch The Olympics
  4. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
  5. The Games

1. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics

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Jesse Owens is one of the most important and celebrated athletes not only in the history of the Olympics, but of sports. Owens was an african-american athlete that participated in the 1936 Olympics, winning four medals in track and field events. The Games were held in Berlin, and known as "Hitler's Olympics," an event where the German Fuhrer wanted to prove the superiority of the Aryan race. Owens' success disproved Hitler's race theory, and thus he became the man known to defy Hitler himself. Triumph, by Jeremy Schaap tells the story of a man who transcends sports, a troubled time, and the glory he achieved in Berlin, despite the difficult circumstances. It is a must-read for those who like history and sports.

2. The Boys of Winter

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"The Miracle on Ice" is one of the most remembered moments in Olympics history. The tale of the 1980 US Men's Olympic Hockey Team is likely one of the most incredible underdog stories ever, which had an impact beyond the United States and the world of sports. The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey tells that incredible story while analyzing said impact, still felt over 40 years later. In addition, it provides a deep look into coach Herb Brooks' personality, philosophy, and unconventional methods, which transformed a team full of inexperienced young athletes into Olympic champions. The Boys of Winter brings lessons that go beyond sports, and is a truly incredible story.

3. How To Watch The Olympics

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Since the 2012 Games in London, How To Watch The Olympics has been a guide to those who are experiencing the Olympic games in any way. It is impossible to to know the rules, history, and important figures in all of the more than 30 sports featured in the Olympic Games. Thankfully, this book by David Goldblatt, Johnny Acton, and Paul Simpson brings all the information mentioned above and much more. It is truly the ultimate guide to watching the Olympic events, and above all, enjoying them. If you are just curious about an Olympic sport, or planning to spend all of your free time watching the Olympics, this is the book for you.

4. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games

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Sports are not immune to global and political events. The 1980 Moscow Olympics are the proof of that. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games tells the reasons and developments of the American decision to boycott the games that were to be held in the Soviet Union, the USA's geopolitical antagonist at the time. While the book dives deep into the politics behind the decision, and the story of the American athletes who did not have the chance to fulfill their dreams due to political differences. The American boycott is still a very polarizing subject to this day (the USSR boycotted the 1984 Games held in Los Angeles), and this book by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli gives the reader a good point of view to the whole situation and political climate at the time.

5. The Games

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The story of the Olympic Games and the Olympic movement is inevitably connected to the story of the world and society itself. The Games tells that story, of the Olympics and of the world itself, since the first modern Games in Athens in 1896. As the title indicates, the Olympics are truly global, and the author visits many countries and cultures, and their connection to the games through sport-related anecdotes. If you want to read about legends like Usain Bolt, Nadia Comaneci, and Mark Spitz, or the boycotts of 1980 and 1984, and understand how the Olympics became the huge, global event they are today, Goldblatt's book is the perfect choice.



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