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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (523 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Maraniss Narrator: David Maraniss Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bestselling author David Maraniss weaves sports, politics, and history into a groundbreaking tour de force

The athletes competing in the 1960 Rome Olympics included some of the most honored in Olympic history: decathlete Rafer Johnson, sprinter Wilma Rudolph, Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, and Louisville boxer Cassius Clay, who at eighteen seized the world stage for the first time, four years before he became Muhammad Ali.

Along with these unforgettable characters and dramatic contests, there was a deeper meaning to those late-summer days at the dawn of the sixties. Change was apparent everywhere. The world as we know it was coming into view. Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand of shoes. In the heat of the cold war, every move was judged for its propaganda value. East and west Germans competed as a unified team less than a year before the Berlin Wall. There was dispute over the two Chinas. An independence movement was sweeping sub-Saharan Africa, with fourteen nations in the process of being born. There was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women as they emerged from generations of discrimination.

Using the meticulous research and sweeping narrative style that have become his trademark, Maraniss reveals the rich palate of character, competition, and meaning that gave Rome 1960 its singular essence of theater, suspense, victory and defeat. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Maraniss has written a colorful, fast-moving, and often dramatic book…Maraniss does a splendid job of resurrecting these heroes from almost ahalf-century ago, and of reminding us why we like the Olympics.”

    Washington Post

  • “Maraniss brings to this sprawling topic a newspaperman’s eye for colorful detail and a biographer’s passion for character.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “History buffs and sports fans alike will appreciate Maraniss’ quiet reporting, as he deftly removes himself from a storyline that is still relevant today.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss re-creates that long-ago drama in his new book with such vivid and astonishing detail you almost feel as though you lived it.”

    Gazette (Montreal)

  • “Colorful retrospective…Maraniss provides an intelligent context of his evocative reportage.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Recipient of the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bap | 2/19/2014

    " IU thought this would be part of my Italy reading blitz bit it was almost all about the summer Olympics and very little of the venue. The 1960 Olympics featured Rafer Johnson who won the decathalon and who 8 years later would cradle a dying RFK in his arms after wrestling the gun from his assasin. Cassius Clay. Wilma Rudolf and her band of woman sprinters from Tennessee State. It was cold war by proxy and the Russians beat the Americans. It was the start of the steroid era with a Dane cyclist collapsing and dying with drugs in his system. And the strirring of the new states exemplified by Abebe Bikila who ran and won the marathoin running barefoot for Ethiopia passed an obelisk that had been pilferred by Mussolini. It was also the beginning of the end of the arrognace and elitism of "amateur" status with the obvious advantages of the sports mills from the eastern bloc. A godd and quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 2/19/2014

    " This book has some incredibly interesting stories, facts and concepts. However, I felt like I had to slog through a lot weeds to get to the gems. I would recommend it to anyone with an interested in Olympics, politics in the early '60 and the Cold War culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 2/8/2014

    " The Pulitzer Prize winning author brings a special time & place - the XVII Olympiad - to life as he recounts the stories of many of the Olympians, some names immediately recognized and honored down through the years, others remembered by sports enthusiasts only. David Maraniss' writing weaves together the individuals, their backgrounds and athletic events played out against the world stage - the politics and the cultural mores of the day. As is mentioned, change was apparent everywhere. The world as we know it was coming into view. I thoroughly enjoyed looking back at this exact moment in history - Maraniss brought the 1960 Olympics to life and honored the athletes involved in doing so. It was interesting to glimpse behind the scenes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Clarissa | 2/5/2014

    " I never managed to finish this one. It was fairly interesting - dealing with the political landscape of 1960 and how that affected the Olympics. However, it could not hold my interest, so I gave up and took it back to the library. There seem to be some interesting characters, but I just can't deal with a blow by blow account of every single race and competition in the Olympics. "

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