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Dangerous games - Australia at the 1936 Nazi Olympics
Larry Writer
Paperback / softback
Allen & Unwin
UK Publication Date

Shortlisted for the 2015 William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year AwardThis is a tale of innocents abroad. Thirty-three athletes left Australia in May 1936 to compete in the Hitler Olympics in Berlin. Believing sporting competition was the best antidote to tyranny, they put their qualms on hold. Anything to be part of the greatest show on earth.Dangerous Games drops us into a front row seat at the 100,000-capacity Olympic stadium to witness some of the finest sporting performances of all time - most famously the African American runner Jesse Owens, who eclipsed the best athletes the Nazis could pit against him in every event he entered. The Australians, with their antiquated training regimes and amateur ethos, valiantly confronted the intensely focused athletes of Germany, the United States and Japan. Behind the scenes was cut-throat wheeling and dealing, defiance of Hitler, and warm friendships among athletes.What they did and saw in Berlin that hot, rainy summer influenced all that came after until their dying days.

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Larry Writer is an award-winning author with an interest in sport, history and crime.

[A] fascinating book
Weekend Australian

Larry Writer's portrait of Berlin during the 1936 Olympics, seen largely through the eyes of the Australian team, is absorbing.
Sydney Morning Herald

Impeccably researched and superb...dramatic and touching.
Inside Sport

Larry Writer has delivered a gem in Dangerous Games...
Roland Perry, author of Bill the Bastard

Writer has faithfully recreated the 1936 Olympics - the most controversial in history...
Harry Gordon, author of Australia and the Olympic Games

Keyword Index
Olympics - Political aspects - Germany - History - 20th century.|National socialism and sports - Germany - Berlin.|Propaganda - Germany - History - 20th century.|Olympic athletes - Australia - History - 20th century.|Olympics - Participation, Australian - History - 20th century.
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Number of Pages
338 16 unnumbered of plates

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