- The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics
- Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
- Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 21-02-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
From the start, American participation in the games was controversial. A boycott, based on reports of Nazi hostility to Jews, was afoot, but it was thwarted by the president of the American Olympic Committee. At the games themselves, the plots and intrigues continued: Owens was befriended by a German rival, broad jumper Luz Long, who helped Owens win the gold medal at his own expense. Two Jewish sprinters were, at the last moment, denied the chance to compete for the United States out of misguided politeness to the Nazi hosts. And a myth was born that Hitler himself had snubbed Owens.
Like Neal Bascomb's The Perfect Mile, Triumph captures this momentous episode in sports - and - world, history in a nuanced yet page-turning narrative full of drama, suspense, and color.
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By Andy on 26-04-07
This book was a great history of not only Jesse Owens, but how African Americans lived in the years just before World War II. The author does a great job of taking us right into the Olympics in Berlin. It provides a close up view on what is is like to be a member of a minority group in the run up to world class competition.
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By Scott on 03-02-09
What an amazing athlete
I learned much about Jesse Owens as an athlete and a man. Good pace and narrator. Definitely worth a listen.
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