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First London Olympics: 1908

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A nostalgic journey back to the first London Olympics of 1908 - an amusing and thought-provoking contrast to the forthcoming London Olympics of 2012.
First London Olympics: 1908
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In the summer that saw the first successful flight of the Zeppelin, a 140 acre site of scrubland in West London was transformed into the White City, which housed the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition - and a state-of-the-art stadium built to house the first London Olympics. The Olympics were organised by volunteers in just 18 months and at a fraction of the cost of the modern Olympics and yet, just as today, the sport was overshadowed by doping scandals and caused international uproar. The ferocious competitiveness of a US team dominated by New York Irish Americans led to a succession of 'scandals' culminating in the historic marathon when Italian confectioner baker Dorando Pietri's heroic efforts at the limits of exhaustion so entranced on-lookers that track officials helped him across the finish line. Coinciding with the 100th Anniversary of the first London Olympics, this delightful social and sporting history - illustrated with over 70 contemporary images - provides a thought-provoking contrast to the forthcoming 2012 Olympic Games.
Rebecca Jenkins is a cultural historian, novelist and biographer. She is the author of a biography of Fanny Kemble, the nineteenth-century actress and celebrity. Rebecca lives in Durham.
A richly illustrated and often poignant look back Good Book Guide
Long-listed for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2008.
Author
Rebecca Jenkins
Year
2012
ISBN-10
0749929405
ISBN-13
9780749929404
Media
Book
Publication Date
2012-05-03
Publisher
Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint
Piatkus Books
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
796.48
Illustrations
Integrated illustrations
Pages
288
Language
English
Short Title
1ST LONDON OLYMPICS 1908
Birth
1959
Format
Paperback
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