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The Games

A Global History of the Olympics

by David Goldblatt


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"A people's history of the Olympics."—New York Times Book Review

A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

The Games is best-selling sportswriter David Goldblatt's sweeping, definitive history of the modern Olympics. Goldblatt brilliantly traces their history from the reinvention of the Games in Athens in 1896 to Rio in 2016, revealing how the Olympics developed into a global colossus and highlighting how they have been buffeted by (and affected by) domestic and international conflicts. Along the way, Goldblatt reveals the origins of beloved Olympic traditions (winners' medals, the torch relay, the eternal flame) and popular events (gymnastics, alpine skiing, the marathon). And he delivers memorable portraits of Olympic icons from Jesse Owens to Nadia Comaneci, the Dream Team to Usain Bolt.

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W. W. Norton & Company
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United States, Canada


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David Goldblatt (Author)

David Goldblatt is the author of The Ball Is Round, a best-selling global history of soccer, and, most recently, The Game of Our Lives, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. He lives in Bristol, England.

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