Rome 1960

Rome 1960

The Olympics That Changed the World

Book - 2008
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Now in paperback, from the New York Times bestselling author of Clemente and When Pride Still Mattered, here is the blockbuster story of the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, seventeen days that helped define the modern world.

Legendary athletes and stirring events are interwoven into a suspenseful narrative of sports and politics at the Rome games, where cold-war propaganda and spies, drugs and sex, money and television, civil rights and the rise of women superstars all converged to forever change the essence of the Olympics.

Using the meticulous research and sweeping narrative style that have become his trademark, maraniss reveals the rich palette of character, competition, and meaning that gave rome 1960 its singular essence.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781416534082
1416534083
9781416534075
1416534075
Branch Call Number: 796.48 MAR
Characteristics: xiii, 478 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Jul 15, 2016

I only read portions of this book because of specific interests. However it is a nice compilation of accounts documenting this turning point in the concept of the Olympics. I am oversimplifying but before Rome there was little media coverage, and the athletes were truly amateurs who had lives outside of sports, and
made financial sacrifices for the honor of competing. Fast forward to today when Olympics coverage has become a soap opera over-hyping mostly pampered well-paid full-time athletes.

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