Renowned sportswriter David Goldblatt has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal for writing "with the expansive eye of a social and cultural critic". In The Games, Goldblatt delivers a magisterial history of the biggest sporting event of them all: the Olympics. He tells the epic story of the games from their reinvention in Athens in 1896 to the present day, chronicling classic moments of sporting achievement from Jesse Owens to Nadia Comaneci, the Miracle on Ice to Usain Bolt.
He goes beyond the medal counts to explore how international conflicts have played out at the Olympics, including the role of the games in Fascist Germany and Italy, the Cold War, and the struggles of the postcolonial world for recognition. He also tells the extraordinary story of how women fought to be included on equal terms, how the Paralympics started in the wake of World War II, and how the Olympics reflect changing attitudes to race and ethnicity.
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"Gracefully written and compellingly argued, this is one of the best books of the year and one of the best sports books ever written." (Kirkus)
I love all things Olympic - so when I purchased this book, I had the hopes that it would be a great way to learn some facts and discover a new side to the Olympic Games. Unfortunately, the way this book was written - and perhaps it's better to physically read it, as opposed to listen to it - I found it distracting and unorganized. Instead of listing the different facts about each of the modern games, every topic jumped back and forth varying on what idea the author was trying to talk about. Then, it would mention multiple Games before breaking them down into just talking about that particular game. I just found it frustrating and confusing. I'm not the best writer of reviews, granted, but listening to this book could've helped inspire such a bad review.
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