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Dangerous Games: Australia at the 1936 Nazi Olympics

Larry Writer



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Allen & Unwin
24 June 2015
History; Olympic games
Shortlisted for the 2015 William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year Award This is a tale of innocents abroad. Thirty-three athletes left Australia in May 1936 to compete in the Hitler Olympics in Berlin. Believing sporting competition was the best antidote to tyranny, they put their qualms on hold. Anything to be part of the greatest show on earth.

Dangerous Games drops us into a front row seat at the 100,000-capacity Olympic stadium to witness some of the finest sporting performances of all time - most famously the African American runner Jesse Owens, who eclipsed the best athletes the Nazis could pit against him in every event he entered. The Australians, with their antiquated training regimes and amateur ethos, valiantly confronted the intensely focused athletes of Germany, the United States and Japan. Behind the scenes was cut-throat wheeling and dealing, defiance of Hitler, and warm friendships among athletes.

What they did and saw in Berlin that hot, rainy summer influenced all that came after until their dying days.
By:   Larry Writer
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   473g
ISBN:   9781743319383
ISBN 10:   174331938X
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   24 June 2015
Recommended Age:   From
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Larry Writer is an award-winning author with an interest in sport, history and crime.

Reviews for Dangerous Games: Australia at the 1936 Nazi Olympics

Writer has faithfully recreated the 1936 Olympics - the most controversial in history... -- Harry Gordon, author of Australia and the Olympic Games Larry Writer has delivered a gem in Dangerous Games... -- Roland Perry, author of Bill the Bastard Impeccably researched and superb...dramatic and touching. * Inside Sport * Larry Writer's portrait of Berlin during the 1936 Olympics, seen largely through the eyes of the Australian team, is absorbing. * Sydney Morning Herald * [A] fascinating book * Weekend Australian *

  • Short-listed for William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year 2015 (Australia)

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