Reading List: Olympics

The 2016 Olympic Games begin tomorrow! While the athletes head to Rio, we’re reading up on Olympic history.



American Hoops: U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball from Berlin to Beijing by Carson Cunningham

A fascinating history of Olympic basketball on the world stage and behind the scenes.


Phog: The Most Influential Man in Basketball (November 2016) by Scott Morrow Johnson

The story of Forrest “Phog” Allen, the coach who helped create the NCAA tournament and brought basketball to the Olympics.


The 1904 Anthropology Days and Olympic Games: Sport, Race, and American Imperialism edited by Susan Brownell

This interdisciplinary collection of essays assesses the ideas about race, imperialism, and Western civilization manifested in the 1904 World’s Fair and Olympic Games.


Olympic Collision: The Story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd (November 2016) by Kyle Keiderling

This forthcoming title relives one of the most famous incidents in Olympic history, its legacy, and what has happened to the athletes since.


Something in the Air: American Passion and Defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by Richard Hoffer

A gripping sports narrative that tells the individual stories of the athletes who gathered in Mexico City in 1968, a year of dramatic upheaval around the world.


Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe by Kate Buford

The first comprehensive biography of the legendary figure who defined excellence in American sports: Jim Thorpe, arguably the greatest all-around athlete in US history.

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