(reviewed by Peter Brock)
Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics
is a very compelling read for those who enjoy sports and history. Written by Jeremy Schaap, the reader is taken from Owens early days in high school and college at Ohio State through the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. The African-American son of sharecroppers won four gold medals and perhaps single-handedly brought down Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy. Schaap paints the media portrayal of Owens remarkable achievements against a backdrop of Nazism, prejudice, Arianism, Hitler, and politics. Triumph
is a fascinating reading of sports and geopolitics coming together on a world stage.
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