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  • Title: A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times
  • Author: Benson Bobrick
  • ISBN: 9780375868696
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the barefoot races of 8th century BC to the underwater obstacle courses in the early 20th century to the high tension Berlin Games preceding World War II, the Olympics have always been exciting dramas of athletic prowess and human interest In A Passion for Victory, award winning author Benson Bobrick tells the details of the captivating story of the Olympic Games, sFrom the barefoot races of 8th century BC to the underwater obstacle courses in the early 20th century to the high tension Berlin Games preceding World War II, the Olympics have always been exciting dramas of athletic prowess and human interest In A Passion for Victory, award winning author Benson Bobrick tells the details of the captivating story of the Olympic Games, starting with their inception in Ancient Greece This wonderfully readable narrative is rich with anecdotes and profiles of athletes and weaves in important historical events to create a complete picture of each installment of the Games This thorough account of an international fixation is gripping, poignant, and occasionally hilarious.
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    1. I definitely enjoyed reading Benson Bobrick s A Passion for Victory The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times In this nonfiction book for children and teens, Bobrick chronicles the Olympic games In the first two chapters, Bobrick focuses on the Olympic Games in Greek and Roman times He gives just enough detail to be fascinating The games were definitely quite different than modern games Including the fact that the boxing, I believe, could prove to be to the death Chapter three [...]

    2. A PASSION FOR VICTORY THE STORY OF THE OLYMPICS IN ANCIENT AND EARLY MODERN TIMES by Benson Bobrick, Knopf, June 2012, 160p ISBN 978 0 375 86869 6 With understandable pride and satisfaction, Coubertin saw his cherished goal at last within reach The Olympic idea, he eloquently declared, has traversed the mists of the ages like an all powerful ray of sunlight and returned to illumine the threshold of the twentieth century with a gleam of joyous hopeIn the last 1800s, privileged and educated Europe [...]

    3. A Passion for Victory The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times by Benson Bobrick Knopf Books for Young Readers, June 2012 is a highly readable history for children about the international phenomenon of the Olympics through the ages Beginning in ancient Greece by looking at archeological as well as historic records, Mr Bobrick conveys the significance of the athletic events from cultural and political standpoints From Greece to Rome to the first modern Olympics, I was fascinate [...]

    4. This review also appears on Andi s Young Adult Books It s the Summer of 2012, which means it is time for the Summer Olympics in London, England This athletic tradition has deeper roots than some kids can imagine A Passion for Victory seeks to tell the story of that tradition, starting with the Ancient Greeks through the early modern era.It opens with a chronology that highlights major events The first story is about a man who survived the icy waters after the Titanic sank and went on to be an Ol [...]

    5. The recent Olympic games should create some interest for this book, and it s a solid history with lots of fun facts and good black and white photos Though the text is a bit rambling and not set up neatly for reports with bold paragraph headings and sidebars, anyone with an interest in sports will find much to enjoy here Readers will be inspired by stories like Feliz Carbajal, a poor Cuban who had to beg and hitchhike simply to get to the games in St Louis He ran the marathon in street clothes an [...]

    6. This nonfiction book covers the history of the Olympics from its ancient beginning up to the end of World War II It contains 6 chapters with lots of pictures and a great appendix of all the medals won from 1896 1948 though this information could also be found online The book provides plenty of details, examples, and interesting stories, and includes the gory sports from the ancient Games It also touches on the Paralympics, the torch relay, controversies, records, and important firsts such as fem [...]

    7. Starting at the first reported Olympic games in ancient Greece and following the progression of such contests of athletic ability up until the 1936 games in Germany, Bobrick gives a well researched yet entertaining account of how the Olympic games evolved over the years into the international spectacle we have today Incorporating stories of individuals as well as the games, the history and politics of the game are covered, with lots of interesting facts making the events come alive Strengths Thi [...]

    8. I really enjoyed reading this book to my son who is seven I would definitely put the reading level at 12 16 age range The illustrations and photos were really well chosen.The story about Jesse Owens was a great way to talk about the issue of racism in a way my son could understand easily I would also like to point out Benson Bobrick has done a number of outstanding books of the American Civil War All highly recommended.

    9. It covers the Olympics from the beginning of time to the modern Olympics At the end of the book it has medal counts by country, by year up to 1948 Very easy to read also with lots of photographs At the beginning of the book it has a chronology of Olympics from 2000 B.C up to 1948 This book is targeting the YA audience

    10. A thankfully non idealized look at the Olympics as sports, history, and culture That means it will have some appeal to those interested in any of those aspects, but might be dissappointing to a hard core sports or history buff But with it being an Olympic year, this should be a real draw, especially compared to the standard sickeningly sweet Olympics books for kids.

    11. Stephen, age 9 In a wrestling fight, the guy who died, won Also, at first, the runners wore loincloths, but then one runner ran naked, and he won, so then they all ran naked I learned a new word, herculean.

    12. An informative, engaging overview of the Olympic Games from their beginning in ancient Greece through the Nazi Olympics of 1936 in Berlin.

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