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

Munich Tragedy Terror and Triumph at the Olympic Games Set against the backdrop of the turbulent late s and early s this compelling book provides the first comprehensive history of the Munich Olympic Games notorious for the abduction of Isr

  • Title: Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games
  • Author: David Clay Large
  • ISBN: 9780742567399
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set against the backdrop of the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s, this compelling book provides the first comprehensive history of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, notorious for the abduction of Israeli Olympians by Palestinian terrorists and the hostages tragic deaths after a botched rescue mission by the German police Drawing on a wealth of newly available sources froSet against the backdrop of the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s, this compelling book provides the first comprehensive history of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, notorious for the abduction of Israeli Olympians by Palestinian terrorists and the hostages tragic deaths after a botched rescue mission by the German police Drawing on a wealth of newly available sources from the time, eminent historian David Clay Large explores the 1972 festival in all its ramifications He interweaves the political drama surrounding the Games with the athletic spectacle in the arena of play, itself hardly free of controversy Writing with flair and an eye for telling detail, Large brings to life the stories of the indelible characters who epitomized the Games Key figures range from the city itself, the visionaries who brought the Games to Munich against all odds, and of course to the athletes themselves, obscure and famous alike With the Olympic movement in constant danger of terrorist disruption, and with the fortieth anniversary of the 1972 tragedy upon us in 2012, the Munich story is timely than ever.

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    1. This is really a four-star book, but, with multiple people three-starring it, and one even two-starring it, it needed a bump, so it got it.Large looks at much more than the Israeli athlete kidnapping and eventual murder.He discusses how Germans, in an anti-Nazi-appearances reaction to Berlin 1936, had security so low-key as to let this happen. Add in jurisdictional issues between city of Munich, state of Bavaria, and country of West Germany, and you've got a clusterfuck. Add on top of that, that [...]

    2. I could not get past the first 100 pages - for me there was too much background info related to Germany that caused me to lose interest in the book.

    3. Outstanding Account of a Tragic, Yet Fascinating, Historical EventThe 1972 Munich Olympics will forever be identified with the massacre of eleven members of the Israeli team by members of the Black September terrorist group. It is, understandably, the most logical icon of those Games. In fact, other than a few images or video clips of Mark Spitz, Olga Korbut or the masked Black September gunman on the dormitory balcony, there really isn’t enough information available for anything else to be as [...]

    4. With each Olympiad, the world is reminded of the pains, the problems and the procrastination that engulf each host city (and host nation, for that matter). Recently, the run-up to the games have been fodder for fury (Athens in 2004 and Rio in 2016). But rarely have events DURING the games themselves upended them. The most glaring example of the latter is, of course, the 1972 Summer Olympics of Munich. These games were designed to show a new and bright Germany. Yet they were built also to exorcis [...]

    5. This book is a good account of the Munich Olympics of 1972. I was disappointed though that the Hostage Incident(about which I wanted to read) is covered in only 2 chapters out of 8. The rest of the book is about the Bidding, Preparation and Organisation of the Munich Games which, not entirely irrelevant to the later events, can sometimes proved to be a tedious read. Although if you develop an interest, it provides deep insights into the nitty-gritties of organizing such large scale events and ho [...]

    6. I thought I was getting a book describing the "Munich Massacre", but this volume is much more. Large starts his story with a short history of the modern Olympics. He next, painstakingly, describes Munich's application process, and then takes us through the fits and starts of planning th "72 games. There's a great cast of characters such as Olympic head Avery Brundage, Frank Shorter, Wiily Brandy, and many more as the "peaceful games" got under way. The book also details political backstabbing, c [...]

    7. The new leader in the "Best Book Paul's read in 2012" competition. Yes, it does help that this period correlates to one of my first sports memories as a child, but that being saidA very thoughtful, yet very readable spin on an amazing stew of political and sports drama. Duh to me, but I'd never connected the dots to realize the significance of having the Olympics back in Germany only 36 years after the Nazi Olympics, AND having them in Bavaria, birthplace of the Nazis. Not surprisingly, the Germ [...]

    8. Informative but slightly biased. The author's personal bias shined through often when describing characters and controversial situations throughout the book. I enjoyed learning more about the specific incident at the Munich '72 Games but not necessarily the alleged politics that fueled a lot of the decisions made before, during, and following the attack. Though I realize politics always play a huge part with any Games, I was looking for a straightforward, fact-based account. A lot of time was al [...]

    9. Seeing the title 'Munich 1972' I thought that the book would be primarily about the terrorist attack at the Olympic games. But this book is about much more than that one event. From the bidding of the games years ago to the shadow of the 1936 Berlin Nazi games to the ongoing cold war debates between east and west (in particular, the two Germanys) to the ongoing social changes taking place, this book is a fascinating history. The least interesting aspect of it might well be the reporting on who a [...]

    10. Picked this book because it was about a topic I was interested in, but knew little about. Not bad, but suffered from too much background detail that didn't fit into the larger narrative at times. While I didn't expect the entire focus to be on the hostage situation, there was so much build up and then very little on the actual event, that it was disappointing. I enjoyed it, but it was not the book I had hoped it would be.

    11. Although I enjoyed the chronological history of the games I was very disappointed with two areas of the book. First, too much time was spent to with the lead up to the games and too little with the actual tragedy. How did the terrorists get into Germany? Where did they train? Second, I was really quite miffed that there seemed to be more U.S.A. bashing then terrorist bashing.

    12. While other reviewers felt that there was too little attention paid to the terrorist attack, I felt like Large accurately provided a sense of how quickly everything occurred on September 5 and 6. So much of the Olympics is context, and Large did an excellent job of putting each win, loss, and plan into perspective. A really interesting read, especially if you love the Olympic games.

    13. I abandoned this book. It is probably a historical wealth of information, but it is just too dry and life is to short. There are so many great books in my "next" pile that I had to make the tough choice and prioritize.

    14. Not bad. I thought this was a book on the terrorist attacks at the Munich Olympics, but it actually was about the 1972 Olympics as a whole. The attacks only were two chapters in the book. It was an ok read-a tad wordy with a lot of detail on doping charges for a few athletes famous at the time.

    15. I know this olympics is not like others but would be interesting if books like this was written for every olympics

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