1896. Athens hosts the first of the modern Olympic Games.
The world gathered to celebrate sporting achievement.
A large cast of athletes came from various countries, including a contingent from Harvard and Princeton who won the hearts of the Athenians as they won most of the first place medals.
But the book is much more than a tale of athletes and organizers.
Mandell gives us an insight into the birth of the modern Olympic movement, and into the personality of a French aristocrat, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, whose vision determined much of the form of international sport today.
The author shows that, although the modern Olympics have a sentimental bond with the ancient festival, the modern Games are a product of nineteenth century ideals, excesses, and ambitions.
Richard Mandell has dispelled some myths, rediscovered forgotten sport heroes, and written a highly readable account of a landmark in modern sport history.
Richard D. Mandell (1929-2013) was a professor of history at the University of South Carolina. He was also the author of Sport: A Cultural History, The Olympics of 1972: A Munich Diary. and The Nazi Olympics
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Book Description Univ of California Pr, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110520029836
Book Description Univ of California Pr. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0520029836 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0265996
Book Description Univ of California Pr, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0520029836