Australia at the 1936 Nazi Olympics
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A team of thirty-three Australian athletes competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Poorly prepared and with limited support, they bravely faced formidable competition. Larry Writer recreates their experience so vividly we can imagine ourselves in the famous stadium surrounded by swastikas.
Shortlisted for the 2015 William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year Award
This is a tale of innocents abroad. Thirty-three athletes left Australia in May 1936 to compete in the Hitler Olympics in Berlin. Believing sporting competition was the best antidote to tyranny, they put their qualms on hold. Anything to be part of the greatest show on earth.
Dangerous Games drops us into a front row seat at the 100,000-capacity Olympic stadium to witness some of the finest sporting performances of all time - most famously the African American runner Jesse Owens, who eclipsed the best athletes the Nazis could pit against him in every event he entered. The Australians, with their antiquated training regimes and amateur ethos, valiantly confronted the intensely focused athletes of Germany, the United States and Japan. Behind the scenes was cut-throat wheeling and dealing, defiance of Hitler, and warm friendships among athletes.
What they did and saw in Berlin that hot, rainy summer influenced all that came after until their dying days.
Larry Writer is an award-winning author with an interest in sport, history and crime.
Short-listed William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year 2015 AU
Table Of Contents:
Prologue: The wattle and the swastika
1 Berlin wins the games
2 On your marks
3 The class of '36
4 Darkness descending
5 Amateur hour
6 Boycott Berlin!
7 All at sea
8 Into the lair
9 Bells, whistles and a grand arena
10 Settling in
11 Innocents abroad
12 Olympic countdown
13 The Opening Ceremony
14 Days of grace and fury
15 The dying flame
16 Behind the mask
17 Sifting the wreckage
18 Finish lines
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