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Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics

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The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics

By Jeremy Schaap

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 February 2008
The story of Jesse Owens, the African-American son of sharecroppers who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games held in Nazi Germany, is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.


As Hitler's plans for the master race were gaining speed in 1930s Germany, his Aryan ideal was turned upside down by a single American. Although Jesse Owens's impact at the 1936 Olympics is now part of our national legacy, the story of how he got to the Olympics and how he was able to achieve his success have largely been overlooked. Schaap (Cinderella Man) provides an enthralling narrative of the many athletic events that led to Owens's accomplishments. He describes how the Nazis tried to prevent all nonwhite athletes from competing, and yet Owens's German opponents were remarkably supportive and helpful. Michael Kramer provides a measured and understated narration. Patrons interested in history and sports will enjoy this audiobook. Recommended.-Ray Vignovich, West Des Moines P.L. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780618919109
ISBN: 0618919104
Publisher: Mariner Books
Dimensions: 20.83 x 13.72 x 2.29 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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