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Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympicsby Sue Macy
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Let the games begin is a cry that has stirred athletes and citizens from countries all over the world for more than a hundred years. In Swifter, Higher, Stronger, Sue Macy has captured a compelling and comprehensive portrait of the summer Olympics, one that spans contests and culture, pageantry and history. In five hard-to-put-down chapters, she explains the revival of the modern Olympics and how they survived boycotts, wars, and terrorism to grow into the vast media event we know today. She profiles the breakthrough athletes who became household names after hanging medal upon medal around their necks: names like Jesse Owens, Jim Thorpe, Babe Didrikson, and Jackie Joyner Kersey. She shows how the Games were always much more than mere contests of athleticism. You'll read about the Olympics as a platform for world politics, such as when Jimmy Carter led the U.S. and more than 60 other nations to sit out the 1980 Moscow Olympics as a protest to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, and when Hitler showcased his new Nazi society at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. You'll be fascinated by a host of scandals, some under the umbrellas of drug testing and gender testing. And you'll find plenty of smaller and sweeter moments, from the U.S. Olympian who gave up her place on the tae-kwon-do team to a fellow athlete who was injured during the trials, to the novice African swimmer who finished his race only through sheer determination. Macy's prose hooks you into the history and the competition. She follows the careers of two determined French sports enthusiasts-Pierre Coubertin who revived the Olympic Games, and Alice Milliat, who made sure the women weren't forgotten. Great moments in sportshistory are riveting in this retelling, from the 1896 glorious patriotic victory of Greek marathon runner, Spiridon Loues, to the controversial (and unexpected) overtime basketball match between the Americans and the Soviets in 1972.Photographs throughout capture the action: a mid-air dive, a last-second game-winning shot, medal-winners' emotions on the podium. Three featured photo galleries, Poetry in Motion, Olympic Superstars, and Winning Moments, showcase the diversity, the athleticism, and the sheer joy of the Games.A comprehensive gazetteer provides at-a-glance statistical information on each Olympiad, a map of the sites, a chart of record setters, a summary of Olympic highlights by Olympiad, and a helpful guide to further resources. With a foreword by sportscaster Bob Costas, this standout volume on the history of the summer Olympics is made for every reader-from the peruser, to the browser, to the researcher-who has ever found themselves swept up in the excitement of the Games
On the eve of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, an acclaimed children's sports writer paints a compelling and comprehensive portrait of the games, recounting their fascinating history, culture, politics, and athletes. Photos.
Let the games begin again! Acclaimed sports writer Sue Macys comprehensive portrait of the Summer Olympics has now been fully updated for the 2008 games in Beijing, China. This new edition includes a complete retrospective of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. The new text will also incorporate updates to all charts and records, as well as fun facts and anecdotes from the most recent Olympics and training, making this a perfect Olympics history handbook as the 2008 Games unfold historically in China.
Swifter, Stronger, Higher (Updated Edition) paints a dramatic and fascinating picture of the Summer Olympics. Absorbing narrative and vivid photographs tell stories of tragedy, triumph, scandal, and of course, action from over a century of the modern games! A foreword by sportscaster Bob Costas, five new interior photos (more than 100 total), at-a-glance information on each Olympiad, a map of Olympic sites, a chart of record-setters, and a rich guide to further resources round out this exceptional update to a gold-medal title.
About the Author
Sue Macy is the award-winning author of Bulls-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley; Winning Ways: A Photohistory of American Women in Sports; A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; and Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics. She lives in Englewood, NJ.
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