The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.68 hours)
Product Number: Z100133529
Released: Feb 09, 2018
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ISBN: #9781400123674
Narrator/s: Michael Kramer
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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 Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Nazi Germany to weave this dramatic tale.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 and David Margolick's Beyond Glory, Triumph captures this momentous episode in sports, and world, history in a nuanced yet page-turning narrative full of drama, suspense, and color.

Author(s): Jeremy Schaap
Original Publish Date: Mar 19, 2007


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Author(s): Jeremy Schaap
Narrator(s): Michael Kramer
Product Number DD19361
Released: Mar 19, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400103676
Author(s): Jeremy Schaap
Genre: Sports
Product Number EB00596231
Released: Mar 03, 2015
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ISBN: #9780547527260

Professional reviews

"Schaap's audiobook is well conceived and well made--and its text is perfect for the medium. The biography of Jesse Owens is given enough time to flesh out his character and put a man behind all his achievements, but the story centers on Owens's record-breaking performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Schaap writes clearly, using short words and short sentences. Michael Kramer's no-nonsense delivery greatly enhances the production. Schaap wrote CINDERELLA MAN and has a flair for dramatic moments. Indeed, TRIUMPH seems written with a movie in mind; its last scene is a historical speculation on whether Hitler saluted Owens after the black American won his fourth gold medal. T.F. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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