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1972. The First Olympics held in Germany since the Nazi Olympics of 1936.
The summer Olympics in Munich in 1972 were the most carefully planned sports festival of modern times. West German officials hoped to obliterate the impressions left by the 1936 Nazi Games in Berlin by mounting what would be the most spectacular of all celebrations of international sport.
Richard Mandell’s account of the Berlin Games of 1936, The Nazi Olympics, was assigned reading for all planning officials in Munich, and Mandell was invited to observe the Munich Games.
For three weeks, he had access to all the sites and all the planners and participants. In this firsthand account of the Games, Mandell records his impressions of the aesthetic, political, and athletic dimensions of the spectacle.
Many of his observations are about design: the plastic roof that covered acres, the visual Esperanto of color-coded uniforms, the catalogs for the many art exhibitions, the newly devised “pictograms” directing visitors around the Olympic facilities that transformed Munich.
Mandell also writes about modern sports equipment and about television and sport. He describes what he learned by watching training fields, saunas, and in the all-you-can-eat cafeterias and listening in on athletes’ conversations in the Olympic Village.
However, this Olympics also took a dark turn.
The 1972 Olympics are most remembered as the scene of a terrorist attack against the Israeli team.
Mandell was one of those who attempted to get the Games canceled after this episode; he tells here of the funeral ceremony in the main stadium — a stark contrast to the splendid, day-long ceremony that had opened the Games — and of the massacre of the hostages and terrorists at the Munich airport.
But Mandell’s focus is on other aspects of the Munich Games — most especially on the role of art and design and on political and spiritual issues in the Olympics covered only slightly by newspapers and neglected by historians.
Richard D. Mandell (1929-2013) was a professor of history at the University of South Carolina. He was also the author of Sport: A Cultural History, The First Modern Olympics. and The Nazi Olympics
From Publishers Weekly:
Despite its title, this is not a sports book, nor is it a sensational report on the murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists (the author had to rely on TV programs and press handouts for details of these tragedies). Instead Mandell, a history professor at the University of South Carolina and author of The Nazi Olympics , about the Berlin games of 1936, here examines the philosophy, aesthetics, history and politics of sports. There are even passages on the philosophy of sports art and a "playful" proposal for an art exhibition commemorating the 1972 games. At times provocative, at others pretentious, the book will appeal only to a limited audience.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro Univ of North Carolina Pr, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0807819549
Descrizione libro Univ of North Carolina Pr, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110807819549