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Triumph The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics (Paperback)

Author:  Jeremy Schaap
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0618919104
ISBN-13: 9780618919109
Sku: 204662989
Publish Date: 2/1/2008
Pages:  272
Age Range:  NA
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A behind-the-scenes look at the accomplishments of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games draws on previously unpublished interviews, family sources, and extensive archival research to provide a portrait of a remarkable man in relation to the intrigues, plots, controversies, and political machinations that took place. By the author of Cinderella Man. Reprint. *Author: Schaap, Jeremy *Subtitle: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitlers Olympics *Publication Date: 2008/02/05 *Number of Pages: 272 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.25
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A look at the accomplishments of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games draws on interviews, family sources, and archival research to provide a portrait of a remarkable man in relation to the intrigues, controversies, and political machinations that took place.
At the 1936 Olympics, against a backdrop of swastikas and goose-stepping storm troopers, an African-American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four gold medals and single-handedly demonstrated that Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy was a lie. The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports. It is also the intimate and complex tale of one remarkable man's courage. Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Germany and tells the dramatic tale of Owens and his fellow athletes at the contest dubbed the Nazi Olympics.

With his incisive reporting and rich storytelling, Schaap reveals what really happened over those tense, exhilarating weeks in a nuanced and riveting work of sports history.
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In this sports biography, ESPN journalist Jeremy Schaap recounts the prehistory of Jesse Owens's dramatic performance at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany, during Hitler's rule. Owens won four gold medals, despite Hitler's belief that African-Americans were subhumans who would bow before the superior skills of the Aryan race. Schaap tells of Owens's youth and his early successes in track and field, and describes the intense training required for the games, as well as the athletes' awareness of their political contexts. Drawing on interviews with family members and brushing aside some accumulated legends, Schaap gives Owens credit for his true accomplishments.

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"[A] well-wrought telling of the Jesse Owens story....Mr. Schaap does present Hitler's games memorably, if at a compressed length." - Nathan Ward 04/18/2007
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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0272
Product attributePublisher:   Mariner Books
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