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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (234 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeremy Schaap Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying and storm troopers looming, an African-American son of sharecroppers set three world records and won an unprecedented four gold medals, single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.

Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Nazi Germany to weave this dramatic tale.

From the start, American participation in the games was controversial. A boycott, based on reports of Nazi hostility to Jews, was afoot, but it was thwarted by the president of the American Olympic Committee. At the games themselves, the plots and intrigues continued: Owens was befriended by a German rival, broad jumper Luz Long, who helped Owens win the gold medal at his own expense. Two Jewish sprinters were, at the last moment, denied the chance to compete for the United States out of misguided politeness to the Nazi hosts. And a myth was born that Hitler himself had snubbed Owens.

Like Neal Bascomb's The Perfect Mile, Triumph captures this momentous episode in sports - and - world, history in a nuanced yet page-turning narrative full of drama, suspense, and color. Download and start listening now!


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

    " A good solid recounting of Jessie Owens life (to a lesser extent) and his participation in the 1936 Olympics (to a greater extent). The book also has some interesting views into Nazi Germany and Hitler at the time. It is interesting and certainly worth the read if you are interested in Owens, but it is not exceptional "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gordon | 2/18/2014

    " This is an excellent biography of the man Donovan Bailey called the "Greatest Sprinter of all time". It is well researched, includes quotations from the great sports writers of the day such as Paul Gallico and Grantland Rice, very readable and covers Owens weaknesses and failures as well as his victories. If you have any interest in the Olympics, sprinting, or The Third Reich, this is well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/12/2014

    " I'm a runner so I have always found Jesse Owens particularly interesting. A great read about a different time. I wish track and field could be what is was then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris Wolfe | 2/10/2014

    " I'm not a history buff, so this book brought to light a lot of things I didn't know. However, it kind of repeated itself a lot, and just abruptly quit at the end. "

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