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Olympics

  • Running Through the Agesby Edward S. Sears

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 45.00

    Beginning with prehumans running down prey, this book describes how ancient, medieval and modern runners have come to run ever faster. Writers of antiquity left few detailed accounts of running but in the early 1800s detailed accounts of running feats and matches appeared in newspapers, journals and books. Nineteenth century pioneers like George Seward,... more...

  • The Jewish Olympicsby Ron Kaplan; Ira Berkow

    Skyhorse Publishing 2015; US$ 26.99

    Having grown from 390 athletes from fourteen countries to nine thousand athletes from seventy-eight countries, the Maccabiah Games (or the ?Jewish Olympics,? as it has come to be known) continue to gain popularity. The Maccabiah Games, which take place in Israel, first began in 1932, and the latest games took place in July of 2013, with the debut... more...

  • Dangerous Gamesby Larry Writer

    Allen & Unwin 2015; US$ 24.54

    A team of 33 Australian athletes competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Poorly prepared and with limited support, they bravely faced formidable competition. Larry Writer recreates their experience so vividly we can imagine ourselves in the famous stadium surrounded by swastikas. more...

  • Fueled By Failureby Jeremy Bloom; Greg Gorman

    Entrepreneur Press 2015; US$ 21.95

    Fueled by Failure: Dare to Fail. Dare to Succeed. Olympian and former NFL player now thriving as a CEO and Philanthropist, Jeremy Bloom pulls at the common thread that unites him with all of us: the defeats we encounter on our journeys to reach our goals. Sharing his hard-earned insights, advice, and practices including lessons from respected coaches,... more...

  • Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movementby John Grasso; Bill Mallon; Jeroen Heijmans

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 169.99

    This fifth edition of Historical Dictionary of The Olympic Movement covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about The Olympic Movement. more...

  • Speed Kingsby Andy Bull

    Transworld 2015; US$ 28.78

    In the 1930s, as the world hurtled towards terrible global conflict, speed was all the rage. It was described by Aldous Huxley as 'the one genuinely modern pleasure', and one of the fastest and most thrilling ways to attain it was through the new sport of bobsledding. Exotic, exciting and above all dangerous, it was by far the most popular event at... more...

  • Course Correctionby Ginny Gilder

    Beacon Press 2015; US$ 26.95

    Wild meets The Boys in the Boat , a memoir about the quest for Olympic gold and the triumph of love over fear   Forty years ago, when a young Ginny Gilder stood on the edge of Boston?s Charles River and first saw a rowing shell in motion, it was love at first sight. Yearning to escape her family history, which included her mother?s emotional... more...

  • Circus Maximusby Andrew Zimbalist

    Brookings Institution Press 2015; US$ 19.00

    The numbers are staggering: China spent $40 billion to host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing and Russia spent $50 billion for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Brazil's total expenditures are thought to have been as much as $20 billion for the World Cup this summer and Qatar, which will be the site of the 2022 World Cup, is estimating that it will... more...

  • The Impact of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Gamesby Kevin Dixon; Tom Gibbons

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 45.00

    The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were seen as a success and the hosts were praised for the promotion of equality, tolerance and unity as well as inspiring a legacy to continue these values. This volume contains a collection of sociological case studies which critically assess the diverse impacts of London 2012 and its key controversies. more...

  • Foxcatcherby Mark Schultz; David Thomas

    Penguin Publishing Group 2014; US$ 26.95

    The riveting true story of Olympic wrestling gold medal-winning brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their fatal relationship with the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont dynasty On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal winner and wrestling golden boy, was shot three times by du Pont family heir John E. du Pont at the... more...