22gigantes.com - The definitive sports and social history ofthe modern Olympic Games—by one of themost celebrated sportswriters of our time.Renowned sportswriter David Goldblatt has been hailed by the Wall StreetJournal for writing “with the expansive eye of a social and cultural critic”In The Games Goldblatt delivers a magisterial history of the biggest sportingevent of them all: the Olympics. He tells the epic story of the Games from theirreinvention in Athens in 1896 to the present day, chronicling classic momentsof sporting achievement from Jesse Owens to Nadia Comneci, the Miracleon Ice to Usain Bolt. He goes beyond the medal counts to explore how internationalconflicts have played out at the Olympics, including the role of theGames in Fascist Germany and Italy, the Cold War, and the struggles of thepostcolonial world for recognition. He also tells the extraordinary story of howwomen fought to be included on equal terms, how the Paralympics started inthe wake of World War II, and how the Olympics reflect changing attitudes torace and ethnicity.
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“Gracefully written and compellingly argued, this is one of the best books of the year and one of the best sports books ever written.” (Kirkus (starred review))“A magisterial history of the Olympics . . . chronicling classic moments of sporting achievements as well as the Games' significance in international conflicts.” (Publishers Weekly) About the Author David Goldblatt is the author of The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer and Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil Through Soccer. He writes for the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian and has taught the sociology of sport at Bristol University, the International Center for Sports History and Culture, and Pitzer College in Los Angeles.
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