Rome 1960

Rome 1960

The Olympics That Changed the World

Book - 2008 | 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
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Author Maraniss weaves sports, politics, and history into a tour de force about the 1960 Olympics. Along with the unforgettable characters and dramatic contests, there was a deeper meaning to those days at the dawn of the sixties. Change was everywhere. Old-boy notions of Olympic amateurism were crumbling. Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand. In the heat of the Cold War, the city teemed with spies and rumors of defections, and every move was judged for propaganda value. While East and West Germans competed as a unified team, less than a year before the Berlin Wall, there was a dispute over the two Chinas. Fourteen nations were being born in sub-Saharan Africa. There was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women. The world as we know it was coming into view.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416534075
1416534075
Branch Call Number: 796.48 M311
Characteristics: xiii, 478 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Rome nineteen sixty

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Jul 15, 2016

I only read portions of this book because of specific interests. However it is a nice compilation of accounts documenting this turning point in the concept of the Olympics. I am oversimplifying but before Rome there was little media coverage, and the athletes were truly amateurs who had lives outside of sports, and
made financial sacrifices for the honor of competing. Fast forward to today when Olympics coverage has become a soap opera over-hyping mostly pampered well-paid full-time athletes.

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