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Some Olympics Reading

Some Olympics Reading

I’m almost done with David Maraniss’ new book, Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World. It’s a great read, if you like to be inundated with historical facts, sports journalism, and a dash of drama. Maraniss paints a full and complete picture of the events that surrounded the 1960 Summer Olympics in Italy. Why that year? Because it was ripe with change and conflict: the aftermath of World War II, the early days of the Cold War, the birth of the modern sports celebrity, the early days of the American Civil Rights Movement, the first major sports doping scandal, and a battle of the sexes. The book gives you a vivid look at world history in the middle of the 20th Century, but through the lens of athletics. As we creep closer to a turbulent and political Summer Olympics in Beijing, Rome 1960 puts it all in perspective.

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