Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Winter Reading: Books About Sports

I read a lot of books about sports when there's no baseball. Not just new books, but also older books that I never got around to before. Two books I read about the Olympics this winter:

  • Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World by David Maraniss. Maraniss focuses on Rafer Johnson, Wilma Rudolph, Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila and Cassius Clay to tell the story of the first commercially televised summer games, the first Olympics with a doping scandal and the games with the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand of shoes.
  • Something in the Air: American Passion and Defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by Richard Hoffer. Fascinating book about the first Olympics that I really remember. Jim Ryun, George Foreman, Bob Beamon, Dick Fosbury and the raised, clenched fists and lowered heads on the victory stand.

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