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The Olympics

A History of the Modern Games (2d ed.)

The classic account of the modern Olympic movement

The debut volume in the acclaimed


"Here is a book that is as readable as it is profound, casting a majestic sweep over the Games from 1896."--G. E. Murray, Sporting Traditions

"A wonderfully insightful, judicious, and interpretative essay."--Steve Gietschier, Sporting News

"Guttmann, one of the finest historians of sport in the United States and Europe, and a recognized authority on the Olympics, has produced a sound, readable narrative that will appeal to scholars as well as to general readers."--Randy Roberts, coauthor of Winning Is the Only Thing: Sports in America since 1945

ADVANCE PRAISE for 1st edition "Guttmann, one of the finest historians of sport in the United States and Europe, and a recognized authority on the Olympics, has produced a sound, readable narrative that will appeal to scholars as well as to general readers."--Randy Roberts, coauthor of Winning Is the Only Thing: Sports in America since 1945


Allen Guttmann, a professor of English at Amherst College, is the author of Women's Sports, Games and Empires, From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports, and other books. He received the first President's Award for Sports Studies from the International Olympic Committee.

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