Rome 1960 by David Maraniss audiobook

Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World

By David Maraniss
Read by David Maraniss

Simon & Schuster Audio
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Bestselling author David Maraniss weaves sports, politics, and history into a groundbreaking tour de force The athletes competing in the 1960 Rome Olympics included some of the most honored in Olympic history: decathlete Rafer Johnson, sprinter Wilma Rudolph, Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, and Louisville boxer Cassius Clay, who at eighteen seized the world stage for the first time, four years before he became Muhammad Ali. Along with these unforgettable characters and dramatic contests, there was a deeper meaning to those late-summer days at the dawn of the sixties. Change was apparent everywhere. The world as we know it was coming into view. Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand of shoes. In the heat of the cold war, every move was judged for its propaganda value. East and west Germans competed as a unified team less than a year before the Berlin Wall. There was dispute over the two Chinas. An independence movement was sweeping sub-Saharan Africa, with fourteen nations in the process of being born. There was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women as they emerged from generations of discrimination. Using the meticulous research and sweeping narrative style that have become his trademark, Maraniss reveals the rich palate of character, competition, and meaning that gave Rome 1960 its singular essence of theater, suspense, victory and defeat.

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Recipient of the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title

A New York Times bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

Bestselling author David Maraniss weaves sports, politics, and history into a groundbreaking tour de force

The athletes competing in the 1960 Rome Olympics included some of the most honored in Olympic history: decathlete Rafer Johnson, sprinter Wilma Rudolph, Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, and Louisville boxer Cassius Clay, who at eighteen seized the world stage for the first time, four years before he became Muhammad Ali.

Along with these unforgettable characters and dramatic contests, there was a deeper meaning to those late-summer days at the dawn of the sixties. Change was apparent everywhere. The world as we know it was coming into view. Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand of shoes. In the heat of the cold war, every move was judged for its propaganda value. East and west Germans competed as a unified team less than a year before the Berlin Wall. There was dispute over the two Chinas. An independence movement was sweeping sub-Saharan Africa, with fourteen nations in the process of being born. There was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women as they emerged from generations of discrimination.

Using the meticulous research and sweeping narrative style that have become his trademark, Maraniss reveals the rich palate of character, competition, and meaning that gave Rome 1960 its singular essence of theater, suspense, victory and defeat.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Maraniss has written a colorful, fast-moving, and often dramatic book…Maraniss does a splendid job of resurrecting these heroes from almost ahalf-century ago, and of reminding us why we like the Olympics.” Washington Post
“Maraniss brings to this sprawling topic a newspaperman’s eye for colorful detail and a biographer’s passion for character.” Los Angeles Times
“History buffs and sports fans alike will appreciate Maraniss’ quiet reporting, as he deftly removes himself from a storyline that is still relevant today.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss re-creates that long-ago drama in his new book with such vivid and astonishing detail you almost feel as though you lived it.” Gazette (Montreal)
“Colorful retrospective…Maraniss provides an intelligent context of his evocative reportage.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: David Maraniss

Author Bio: David Maraniss

David Maraniss is on the national staff at the Washington Post. His articles on presidential candidate Bill Clinton won him the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1993. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Linda. They have two grown children.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English