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Athens to Athens : the official history of the Olympic Games and the IOC, 1894-2004
Miller, David, 1935 March 1-
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Edinburgh : Mainstream, [2003]

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528 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, portraits (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
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Athens to Athens is a 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. It is the illustrated, chronological story of the re-creation of the Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin, of the often tempestuous and controversial fortunes of the governing body (including three successive boycotts and the Salt Lake City scandal of 1998), together with the highs and lows of the Games themselves.

Author Notes

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

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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

Library Journal Review

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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Prefacep. 9
Introduction: Survivalp. 11
I Foundationp. 22
II Greek Mentorp. 29
III Athens (I) 1896p. 34
IV Visionaryp. 38
V Paris (II) 1900p. 42
VI American Farcep. 45
VII St Louis (III) 1904p. 48
VIII Back to Athens, on to Londonp. 51
IX London (IV) 1908p. 54
X Enchantmentp. 58
XI Stockholm (V) 1912p. 61
XII War-tornp. 65
XIII Antwerp (VII) 1920p. 69
XIV Expansionp. 72
XV Chamonix (I) 1924p. 76
XVI Paris (VIII) 1924p. 78
XVII Passing the Batonp. 82
XVIII St Moritz (II) 1928p. 86
XIX Amsterdam (IX) 1928p. 88
XX Beating the Crashp. 92
XXI Lake Placid (III) 1932p. 96
XXII Los Angeles (X) 1932p. 99
XXIII Veiled Evilp. 103
XXIV Garmisch-Partenkirchen (IV) 1936p. 108
XXV Berlin (XI) 1936p. 110
XXVI Post-War Austerityp. 115
XXVII St Moritz (V) 1948p. 120
XXVIII London (XIV) 1948p. 123
XXIX Enter the Sovietsp. 127
XXX Oslo (VI) 1952p. 131
XXXI Helsinki (XV) 1952p. 134
XXXII Wayward Fanaticistp. 138
XXXIII Cortina D'Ampezzo (VII) 1956p. 143
XXXIV Melbourne (XVI) 1956p. 146
XXXV Arrival of Televisionp. 150
XXXVI Squaw Valley (VIII) 1960p. 154
XXXVII Rome (XVII) 1960p. 156
XXXVIII Anti-Apartheid Flamep. 161
XXXIX Innsbruck (IX) 1964p. 165
XL Tokyo (XVIII) 1964p. 168
XLI Reformist's Adventp. 173
XLII Grenoble (X) 1968p. 179
XLIII Mexico City (XIX) 1968p. 182
XLIV Terrorp. 187
XLV Sapporo (XI) 1972p. 192
XLVI Munich (XX) 1972p. 195
XLVII Tormented Lordp. 202
XLVIII Innsbruck (XII) 1976p. 208
XLIX Montreal (XXI) 1976p. 212
L Cold War, Hot Headsp. 217
LI Lake Placid (XIII) 1980p. 223
LII Moscow (XXII) 1980p. 226
LIII Revolutionaryp. 230
LIV Sarajevo (XIV) 1984p. 238
LV Los Angeles (XXIII) 1984p. 242
LVI Realityp. 249
LVII Calgary (XV) 1988p. 258
LVIII Seoul (XXIV) 1988p. 262
LIX Excessp. 269
LX Albertville (XVI) 1992p. 276
LXI Barcelona (XXV) 1992p. 280
LXII Winter Wonderlandp. 286
LXIII Lillehammer (XVII) 1994p. 290
LXIV Centenaryp. 297
LXV Atlanta (XXVI) 1996p. 302
LXVI Athens' Reprievep. 310
LXVII Nagano (XVIII) 1998p. 316
LXVIII Laws and Ethicsp. 321
LXIX Sydney (XXVII) 2000p. 330
LXX China-Boundp. 340
LXXI Salt Lake City (XIX) 2002p. 346
LXXII Going Homep. 351
(A) IOC Members 1894-2003p. 361
(B) Olympic Games Resultsp. 369
(C) Olympic Games Medals Tablesp. 476
(D) List of Abbreviationsp. 487
(E) Current National Olympic Committees (per continent)p. 489
(F) Summer and Winter Games: dates and statisticsp. 491
(G) IOC Sessionsp. 493
(H) Olympic Congressesp. 495
(I) Olympic Logisticsp. 496
Bibliographyp. 510
Indexp. 513