Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics
An analysis of "The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics" by Jeremy Schaap.
# 117312 | 1,248 words | 0 sources | 2009 | US
Published on Nov 26, 2009 in Sport (Players) , Sport (Olympics) , History (European - World Wars)

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The paper examines the work "The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics" that focuses on how Jesse Owens won an unprecedented four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Nazi Germany. The paper summarizes the scope of the book and relates that through active subplots, details descriptions of settings and events and psychological familiarity, Jesse Owens is presented as a David to Hitler's Goliath. The paper notes the criticisms of the book but concludes that Schaap was able to recreate one of the most hostile sporting environments ever seen.


From the Paper:

"The premise of this story elaborates on a familiar backdrop, and transforms the reader into the 1936 Berlin summer Olympics from a very different perspective. In what was dubbed 'Hitler's Olympics' the foundation for German supremacy could have not been more apparent. However, from a tale of unlikely beginnings, the story of Jesse Owens has been elevated into legendary status. In The Untold Story, the pages unfold like a film documentary in print. The unique approach of providing a flashback from the 1950s provides a perspective of the impact of what had taken place. At the crux of the story was Jesse Owens not only competing in events, but winning an unprecedented four gold medals in front of the Nazi regime and Adolph Hitler."

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