Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games (Hardcover)

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David Clay Large is professor of history at Montana State University. He has also taught at Berkeley, Smith College, and Yale University. He is the author of several acclaimed histories, includingNazi Games: The Olympics of 1936,Where Ghosts Walked: Munich’s Road to the Third Reich, andBerlin. An avid athlete, Large, when not writing, teaching, or parenting (he has a nine-year-old daughter), can often be found running the roads of Bozeman, Montana, and San Francisco, California, the two places he calls home.
"Munich 1972 tells the compelling story of the most controversial of all modern Olympiads within the turbulent context of simmering global tensions: the ongoing Cold War, political posturing between the two Germanys, seemingly endless warfare in Indochina, lingering recriminations surrounding decolonization in Africa, and, of course, the cauldron of religious and ethnic hatred known euphemistically as the "Middle East Conflict." It was, of course, this last conflict that spilled over so tragically into the Munich festival, which will forever be remembered for the murder of eleven Israeli Olympians by Palestinian terrorists: a grisly episode that ruined a much-anticipated coming-out party for newly democratic West Germany and for "new Munich" itself, the erstwhile "capital" of Hitler's Nazi movement. What began as a putatively "merry" celebration of peaceful play and beery bonhomie turned into a tragic milestone in the signature horror of our times: political and religious terror"--


ISBN 9780742567399
Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
Format Hardcover
Pages 372
Publisher Date 2012-04-16 00:00:00.0
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.42 lb
Language English
Subtitle Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games
Edition Number 1
Audience General/trade
Authors Large, David Clay

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