Rome 1960

Rome 1960

The Olympics That Changed the World

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
An account of the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome reveals the competition's unexpected influence on the modern world, in a narrative synopsis that evaluates the roles of Cold War propaganda, civil rights, and politics.

Baker
& Taylor

Author Maraniss weaves sports, politics, and history into a tour de force about the 1960 Olympics. Along with the unforgettable characters and dramatic contests, there was a deeper meaning to those days at the dawn of the sixties. Change was everywhere. O ld-boy notions of Olympic amateurism were crumbling. Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand. In the heat of the Cold War, the city teemed with spies and rumors o f defections, and every move was judged for propaganda value. While East and West Germans competed as a unified team, less than a year before the Berlin Wall, there was a dispute over the two Chinas. Fourteen nations were being born in sub-Saharan Africa. There was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women. The world as we know it was coming into view.--From publisher description.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of They Marched Into Sunlight presents a narrative account of the 1960 Olympics in Rome, discussing how the games were shaped by Cold War propaganda, drugs, the civil rights era, and other factors. Reprint.

Simon and Schuster
Now in paperback, from the New York Times bestselling author of Clemente and When Pride Still Mattered, here is the blockbuster story of the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, seventeen days that helped define the modern world.

Legendary athletes and stirring events are interwoven into a suspenseful narrative of sports and politics at the Rome games, where cold-war propaganda and spies, drugs and sex, money and television, civil rights and the rise of women superstars all converged to forever change the essence of the Olympics.

Using the meticulous research and sweeping narrative style that have become his trademark, maraniss reveals the rich palette of character, competition, and meaning that gave rome 1960 its singular essence.

Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2008
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416534082
1416534083
9781416534075
1416534075
Characteristics: xiii, 478 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Jul 15, 2016

I only read portions of this book because of specific interests. However it is a nice compilation of accounts documenting this turning point in the concept of the Olympics. I am oversimplifying but before Rome there was little media coverage, and the athletes were truly amateurs who had lives outside of sports, and
made financial sacrifices for the honor of competing. Fast forward to today when Olympics coverage has become a soap opera over-hyping mostly pampered well-paid full-time athletes.

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