A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times

A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times
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June 26, 2012
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From the barefoot races of 8th century BC to the underwater obstacle courses in the early 20th century to the high-tension Berlin Games preceding World War II, the Olympics have always been exciting dramas of athletic prowess and human interest. In A Passion for Victory, award-winning author Benson Bobrick tells the details of the captivating story of the Olympic Games, starting with their inception in Ancient Greece. This wonderfully readable narrative is rich with anecdotes and profiles of athletes and weaves in important historical events to create a complete picture of each installment of the Games. This thorough account of an international fixation is gripping, poignant, and occasionally hilarious.

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As I try to incorporate more nonfiction into my classroom library, I am trying to find a wide range of texts to share with my students. Young Olympic hopefuls and fans of the event will enjoy A PASSION FOR VICTORY.

Although it includes much of the history of the Olympics which can be found elsewhere, there is some interesting and unique information in the "Athletic Politics" section. Detailing the 1936 games, with fascinating quotes from Jesse Owens, this is the chapter I will be using in my lessons.

At times it is a bit too much like a textbook for the casual reader, but that is why it will be a useful addition to my classroom library!
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Very detailed and would be useful for school projects
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