book cover of Berlin Games
Added by 1 of our members

Berlin Games

(2006)
How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream
A non fiction book by

 
 
In 1936, Adolf Hitler welcomed the world to Berlin to attend the Olympic Games. Visitors from all over the globe came to see not only a magnificent sporting event, but also a showcase for the newly rebuilt Germany. No effort was spared to present the Third Reich as the world's newest power. Swastikas fluttered next to the Olympic rings from the balconies of freshly painted buildings. Butter was hoarded weeks in advance in order to convince visitors that there were no shortages. There was even a pause in the implementation of anti-Semitic measures. But beneath the surface, the Games of the Eleventh Olympiad of the Modern Era came to act as a crucible for the dark political forces that were gathering to threaten the world.

The 1936 Olympics were nothing less than the most political sporting event of the last century. Far from being a mere meeting of sportsmen and-women, it was an epic clash between proponents of barbarism and those of civilization, both of whom tried to use the Games to promote their own values. Berlin Games is the complete history of those fateful two weeks in August that would foreshadow the bloody conflict soon to come. It is the story of the athletes, from their often humble beginnings to the glory of the Olympic Stadium. It is also an eye-opening tale of the Nazi machine that attempted to use the Games as a model of Aryan superiority and fascist efficiency. Furthermore, it is a devastating indictment of the manipulative figures-including politicians, diplomats, and Olympic officials-who vied for power and glory in different sorts of games whose results would have profound consequences for the world.

Drawing on original research and interviews with surviving participants from all over the world, Walters has produced a history filled with intrigue, sport, sex, and infamy. Berlin Games is a definitive and remarkable record of a time that still fascinates and haunts us to this day.



Used availability for Guy Walters's Berlin Games

Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream
Author(s): Guy Walters
ISBN: 1-4352-8939-0 / 978-1-4352-8939-0 (USA edition)
Publisher:
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2006 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream
Author(s): Guy Walters
ISBN: 0-7195-6783-1 / 978-0-7195-6783-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2006 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream
Author(s): Guy Walters
ISBN: 0-06-087412-0 / 978-0-06-087412-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

July 2007 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream
Author(s): Guy Walters
ISBN: 0-7195-6774-2 / 978-0-7195-6774-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2007 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream
Author(s): Guy Walters
ISBN: 0-06-087413-9 / 978-0-06-087413-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


June 2006 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream
Author(s): Guy Walters
ISBN: 0-7195-6865-X / 978-0-7195-6865-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

April 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream
Author(s): Guy Walters
Publisher: John Murray
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2009 : USA Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream
Author(s): Guy Walters
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon