Cold War Games

Spies, Subterfuge and Secret Operations at the 1956 Olympic Games

Harry Blutstein
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Cold War Games shows vividly how the USSR and US exploited the Melbourne Olympic Games for propaganda, turning athletic fields, swimming pools and other sporting venues into battlefields in which each fought for supremacy.

The 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games have become known as the 'friendly games', but East-West rivalry ensured that they were anything but friendly. From the bloody semi-final water polo match between the USSR and Hungary, to the 46 athletes who defected to the West, sport and politics collided during the Cold War.

There were glimmers of peace and solidarity. Cold War Games also tells the love story between Czechoslovak discus thrower Olga Fikotova, and American hammer thrower Hal Connolly, and their struggle to overcome Cold War politics to marry.

Cold War Games is a lively, landmark book, with fresh information from ASIO files and newly discovered documents from archives in the USSR, US and Hungary, revealing secret operations in Melbourne and showing just how pivotal the 1956 Olympic Games were for the great powers of the Cold War.

Author bio:

Harry Blutstein has worked as a freelance journalist since 1972 and his articles have appeared in the Nation Review, The Australian, The Age, The West Australian, The Canberra Times and the Australian Financial Review. More recently he has published several books. They include An Insider's Guide to Australia (Kummerly & Frey, 1995), Ascent of Globalisation (Manchester University Press, 2016) and his latest, Cold War Games (Echo Publishing, 2017). He is also an adjunct professor at RMIT University.

Category: Sport
ISBN: 9781760405687
Publisher: Bonnier Echo
Imprint: Echo
Pub Date: August 2017
Page Extent: 368
Format: Paperback
Subject: Olympic & Paralympic games