Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Go for the Gold with One of These Books!

Well, now that the winter Olympics are over--we just wish winter was over.  Try some of the following books and DVDs about the former Olympic games (mostly summer) and experience the triumphs and tragedies of our past sports history.

Ancient Olympics--Fierce contests and bloody battles between bitter rivals that sometimes ended in disgrace or death.

The Ancient Olympics by Nigel Spivey

The Real Olympics (DVD)

The First Olympics: Blood, Honor, and Glory... (DVD)

Athens 1896--A ragtag group of fourteen men who won gold and paved the way for generations of athletes.

Igniting the Flame: America's First Olympic Team
Jim Reisler

London 1908--The epic clash that jump-started the first marathon mania.

Showdown at Shepherd's Bush: the 1908 Olympic Marathon...
David Davis

Paris 1924--Story of two English runners, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, that were both driven by different means to win the Olympics.

Chariots of Fire (DVD)

Los Angeles 1932--Texas girl, superstar athlete, and gold medalist who co-founded the LPGA. 

Wonder Girl: the Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe...
Don Van Natta

Berlin 1936--Stories of an African-American son of sharecroppers who won a four gold medals and crushed Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy and of nine working-class boys from the American west who showed the world what true grit really meant.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans...
Daniel James Brown

Hitler's Olympics: the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games
Christopher Hilton

Flight from Berlin: a Novel
David John

Triumph: the Untold Story of Jesse Owens...
Jeremy Schaap

Rome 1960--portraits of decathlete Rafer Johnson, sprinter Wilma Rudolph, Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, and Louisville boxer Cassius Clay plus changes that were going on around the world.

Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World
David Maraniss

Munich 1972--Gold medal performances by American Mark Spitz (7), Soviet Olga Korbut (3), and Australian Shane Gould (3) were overshadowed by the murder of 11 Israeli athletes by terrorists.

Striking Back: the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre...
Aaron J. Klein

Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph...
David Clay Large

Munich (DVD)

One Day in September: the Full Story...
Simon Reeve

Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988--Four-time Olympic diving champion's memoir.

Breaking the Surface by Greg Louganis

Barcelona 1992--the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team.

Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles...
Jack McCallum

Atlanta 1996--the Centennial games were marred by a deadly bombing but winning performances by Michael Johnson, Karl Lewis, and an injured Kerri Strug helped make some good memories too.

Olympic Portraits by Annie Leibovitz

Dare to Dream: the Story of the U. S. Women's Soccer Team (DVD)

Beijing 2008--At the age of thirty, elite triathlete Kathryn Bertine was just about to renounce her athletic dreams when ESPN The Magazine made her an offer: make the 2008 Summer Olympic Games by any means necessary as long as she survived to tell the tale.

As Good As Gold: 1 Woman, 9 Sports, 10 Countries, and...
Kathryn Bertine

London 2012--Phelps completes his journey from the youngest man to ever set a world swimming record in 2001 to the most decorated Olympian in 2012.

Gold: a Novel by Chris Cleave

Beneath the Surface: My Story by Michael Phelps

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