Athens to Athens : the official history of the Olympic Games and the IOC, 1894-2004 /
David Miller.
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Edinburgh : Mainstream, 2003.
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528 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps, ports. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm.
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1840185872
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Edinburgh : Mainstream, 2003.
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1840185872
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5069274
 
Includes bibliography and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Miller has been a journalist since leaving Cambridge University in 1956, covering 16 Summer and Winter Olympic Games. He was in the training squad for the British football team for Melbourne '56, failing to make the 'cut' for the 15 who travelled. He currently writes for the Daily Telegraph
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-05-15:
This official history of the modern Olympics was written by a British journalist who has covered 16 winter and summer Olympic games. Chapters alternate between chronologically reviewing International Olympic Committee (IOC) activities and the games themselves. Each chapter opens with a personal reminiscence from a prominent athlete or IOC administrator and is amply illustrated with color and/or black-and-white photographs. IOC chapters examine the people and politics involved in putting on these quadrennial competitions; the Games chapters contrast heroic and spectacular athletic achievements with the unavoidable judging controversies, boycotts, and drug scandals. The terrorist massacre at Munich in 1972 is relived in some detail. The depth of the coverage is so strong that even bizarre footnotes like incompetent ski jumper "Eddie the Eagle" from the 1988 Calgary Winter Games are noted. The appendixes include historical lists of IOC members, medal winners from each Olympics, and the medal count by nation. Wonderfully well done and highly recommended.-John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2004-02-23:
Miller's attempt to create a definitive monument to the Olympics by relating "the parallel evolution and history of both the administrators and the competitors" is a decidedly mixed bag. Across more than 350 pages, the veteran sports journalist alternates chapters about the IOC's often tumultuous between-the-games politicking with detailed descriptions of the competitions themselves (the appendices include more than 140 pages listing all IOC members and Olympic Games results). Almost every page features a fascinating athletic story. In the best chapters, such as the one dealing with the tragic 1972 Munich games, Miller shows a keen eye for how the games reflect the often-competing interests of the IOC, national and international federations, host cities and the media. He never shies from the games' many controversies; he is fierce in his criticism of athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs; and he pulls no punches when it comes to detailing the faults of former IOC presidents-Avery Brundage's anti-Semitism, Antonio Juan Samaranch's obsession with increasing the IOC's income. (It was Samaranch who encouraged Miller to write this book.) But too often his writing deteriorates into the kind of incessant editorializing found in crazed sports fanzines. He revels in catty comments about successful female athletes, especially those from the U.S.: gold medal skater Peggy Fleming had "stereotypical glamour," gold medal sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner "had much of the physical appearance of a man" and gold medal skater Sarah Hughes was "emotionally as barren as apple pie." Tiny type, small and poorly cropped photos and a layout reminiscent of an old Encyclopedia Britannica will try the patience of even diehard Olympic fans. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Athens to Athens is the definitive history of the Olympic Games and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), charting the re-creation of the Games by Pierre de Coubertin, the often tempestuous and controversial fortunes of the governing body, and all the highs and lows of the Games themselves. Here, too, are the stories of the competitorsfrom Spyridon Louis, Jim Thorpe, and Jessie Owens to Carl Lewis, Steve Redgrave, and Cathy Freeman. The twin evolutions of the IOC and the world's greatest sports event unfold in alternate chapters, and include personal reminiscences by famous champions and notable IOC figures. The book also details the many crises, including the Nazi Games of 1936, the Israeli slaughter by terrorists in 1972, and the ongoing problems of commercialization and drug abuse. Journalist David Miller, who has covered 16 Olympic Games, is also the biographer of Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Main Description
ATHENS TO ATHENS is the first full account of the history of the Olympic Games, its administration and the myriad triumphs, disappointments and scandals that have befallen the event since its inception in 1894. ATHENS TO ATHENS tells the story of the historic competitors - from Spyridon Louis (the inaugural Marathon winner) and such heroes as Jim Thorpe, Paavo Nurmim, Sonja Heine, Jessie Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Emil Zatopek, Herb Elliot, Kip Keino, Mark Spitz, Franz Klammer, Sebastian Coe, Greg Louganis and Carl Lewis, through to more recent medal winners including Steve Redgrave and Kathy Freeman. The twin evolutions of the IOC and the world's greatest sports festival unfold in alternate chapters, each of which begins with a personal reminiscene by either a famous champion or a notable IOC figure. Detailed background is provided to the many crises - the Nazi Games of 1936; the massacre at Mexico City in 1968; the Israeli slaughter by terrorists in 1972; the boycotts; the new commercialism from 1984 onwards; the advent of professionals from 1988 up to the Ben Johnson scandal and the ongoing threat of drug abuse. The credibility of the Games, and of the IOC, was rescued by the glory of Sydney 2000. Now the sporting world awaits, with eager expectation, the Games' return in 2004 to the country of their ancient origins. ATHENS TO ATHENS is the definitive document of one of the world's most famous sporting festivals and features many rare photographs from every era of the event, making it essential for all sporting enthusiasts.
Main Description
Athens to Athensis the definitive history of the Olympic Games and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), charting the re-creation of the Games by Pierre de Coubertin, the often tempestuous and controversial fortunes of the governing body, and all the highs and lows of the Games themselves. Here, too, are the stories of the competitorsfrom Spyridon Louis, Jim Thorpe, and Jessie Owens to Carl Lewis, Steve Redgrave, and Cathy Freeman. The twin evolutions of the IOC and the world's greatest sports event unfold in alternate chapters, and include personal reminiscences by famous champions and notable IOC figures. The book also details the many crises, including the Nazi Games of 1936, the Israeli slaughter by terrorists in 1972, and the ongoing problems of commercialization and drug abuse. Journalist David Miller, who has covered 16 Olympic Games, is also the biographer of Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Bowker Data Service Summary
'Athens to Athens' is the illustrated, chronological story of the re-creation of the Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin; of the tempestuous and controversial fortunes of the governing body together with the highs and lows of the Games.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 7
Prefacep. 9
Introduction: Survivalp. 11
Foundationp. 22
Greek Mentorp. 29
Athens (I) 1896p. 34
Visionaryp. 38
Paris (II) 1900p. 42
American Farcep. 45
St Louis (III) 1904p. 48
Back to Athens, on to Londonp. 51
London (IV) 1908p. 54
Enchantmentp. 58
Stockholm (V) 1912p. 61
War-tornp. 65
Antwerp (VII) 1920p. 69
Expansionp. 72
Chamonix (I) 1924p. 76
Paris (VIII) 1924p. 78
Passing the Batonp. 82
St Moritz (II) 1928p. 86
Amsterdam (IX) 1928p. 88
Beating the Crashp. 92
Lake Placid (III) 1932p. 96
Los Angeles (X) 1932p. 99
Veiled Evilp. 103
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (IV) 1936p. 108
Berlin (XI) 1936p. 110
Post-War Austerityp. 115
St Moritz (V) 1948p. 120
London (XIV) 1948p. 123
Enter the Sovietsp. 127
Oslo (VI) 1952p. 131
Helsinki (XV) 1952p. 134
Wayward Fanaticistp. 138
Cortina D'Ampezzo (VII) 1956p. 143
Melbourne (XVI) 1956p. 146
Arrival of Televisionp. 150
Squaw Valley (VIII) 1960p. 154
Rome (XVII) 1960p. 156
Anti-Apartheid Flamep. 161
Innsbruck (IX) 1964p. 165
Tokyo (XVIII) 1964p. 168
Reformist's Adventp. 173
Grenoble (X) 1968p. 179
Mexico City (XIX) 1968p. 182
Terrorp. 187
Sapporo (XI) 1972p. 192
Munich (XX) 1972p. 195
Tormented Lordp. 202
Innsbruck (XII) 1976p. 208
Montreal (XXI) 1976p. 212
Cold War, Hot Headsp. 217
Lake Placid (XIII) 1980p. 223
Moscow (XXII) 1980p. 226
Revolutionaryp. 230
Sarajevo (XIV) 1984p. 238
Los Angeles (XXIII) 1984p. 242
Realityp. 249
Calgary (XV) 1988p. 258
Seoul (XXIV) 1988p. 262
Excessp. 269
Albertville (XVI) 1992p. 276
Barcelona (XXV) 1992p. 280
Winter Wonderlandp. 286
Lillehammer (XVII) 1994p. 290
Centenaryp. 297
Atlanta (XXVI) 1996p. 302
Athens' Reprievep. 310
Nagano (XVIII) 1998p. 316
Laws and Ethicsp. 321
Sydney (XXVII) 2000p. 330
China-Boundp. 340
Salt Lake City (XIX) 2002p. 346
Going Homep. 351
Appendices
IOC Members 1894-2003p. 361
Olympic Games Resultsp. 369
Olympic Games Medals Tablesp. 476
List of Abbreviationsp. 487
Current National Olympic Committees (per continent)p. 489
Summer and Winter Games: dates and statisticsp. 491
IOC Sessionsp. 493
Olympic Congressesp. 495
Olympic Logisticsp. 496
Bibliographyp. 510
Indexp. 513
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