The 1936 Berlin Olympics brought together athletes, politicians, socialites, journalists, soldiers and artists from all over the world. But behind the scenes, they were a dress rehearsal of the horrors of the forthcoming conflict.
Hitler had secretly decided the Games would showcase Nazi prowess and the unwitting athletes became helpless pawns in his sinister political game. Berlin Games explores the machinations of a wide cast of characters, including sexually incontinent Nazis, corrupt Olympic officials, transvestite athletes and the mythic figure of Jesse Owens. By illuminating the dark, controversial recesses of the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, Guy Walters throws shocking new light on the whole of Europe’s troubled pre-war period.
The Sunday Times
This terrific account illuminates the process of appeasement on a
human scale...a gripping account of the games themselves.
The Literary Review, July 2006
Walters evokes the 1936 Olympics with all the cut and dash of an accomplished sports writer.