Thursday, September 5, 2013

Munich Olympics

On this day in 1972, Arab terrorists killed 2 Israeli athletes and took 9 more hostage at the Olympic games in Munich. By the time the crisis was over, they were all dead, as was a German police officer and five of the terrorists. To mark the occasion, we're looking at books about the happier side of the Olympics. (We're on vacation this week, so all annotations are from WorldCat.)


A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times by Benson Bobrick. A history of the Olympic Games, starting with their inception in Ancient Greece and leading up to the 1936 games in Nazi Berlin.

Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein. Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.

Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery. A slight error left Olympic diving-hopeful Bryce Graham in a five-year coma and now, at at twenty-two, she must adjust to a world that went on without her and to visions that may or may not be real.d


Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics by Sue Macy. Highlights in the history of the Winter Olympics from their inception in 1924 to today, including profiles of the Olympic athletes and information on the lesser-known winter sports. Also includes an Olympic almanac with information about each Olympiad.

Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics by Sue Macy. A detailed look at the history of the Olympic Games, from their origins in Ancient Greece, through their rebirth in nineteenth century France, to the present, highlighting the contributions of individuals to the Games' success and popularity.

What are your Olympic reads?

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