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Berlin 1936 by Oliver Hilmes

Berlin 1936

Berlin 1936 by Oliver Hilmes
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Feb 06, 2018 | 320 Pages
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An AMAZON BEST OF THE MONTH Category Pick in History 

“With the skill of a novelist, Hilmes weaves into his account the menacing presence of Hitler, deviously staging the Games to deceive a global audience unaware of the horrific evils he is about to unleash. A riveting drama.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A great work of narrative history.” —Shelf Awareness
  
“…panorama of that fateful summer….Hilmes provides fascinating insights into the events….Verdict: A unique sports history recommended for all libraries.” —Library Journal
 
“[G]ives a “you-are-there” sense of urgency and engagement which few books offer.” Wired.com/Beyond the Beyond

“Illuminating…[Hilmes] offers memorable sequences, from chillingly amusing…to harrowing.” —Kirkus Reviews
  
“Berlin 1936 is an entertaining account of the 16 days of the Berlin Olympics. It is not a straight history of the Games… Rather it is a vivid collage of vignettes gleaned from diaries and memoirs, police reports, snippets from newspapers, and so on. It dances from comedy to tragedy, from the ironic to the sinister, to give a picture of a darkening Germany….Hilmes has an eye for incidental detail.” —The Times (UK)
 
“Lively…Hilmes has a gift for storytelling. Each chapter covers a single day and offers vivid vignettes.”  —The Guardian (UK)
 
 
“[T]his multidimensional view of each day of the notorious 1936 Olympic Games is a brisk read and a fascinating view of prewar Germany…Famous figures such as Jesse Owens and Leni Riefenstahl make the narrative sparkle, but Hilmes’ portrayal of ordinary citizens illuminates this moment in history with an intensely palpable sense of foreboding.” —The National Book Review
 
“Oliver Hilmes’s Berlin 1936 is a punchy, vibrant, and highly original account of the most controversial of all modern Olympiads. By viewing each day of the festival through a wide cast of characters, from diplomats and sportsmen through coroners and concentration-camp inmates, Hilmes pulls the reader into the drama of the moment without neglecting the wider context of Nazi oppression and brutality.” —David Clay Large, author of Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936 and Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games
 
 “[A] witty, ironic diary of the final transitional days of Berlin, from bohemian superpower, to Goebbels-inspired new social media center for the gangsters of the Nazi party…It captures a moment in time never seen before…A delight to read.” —Stephen Hopkins, director of Race
 
“A rewarding read for the specialist historian and general public alike. Hilmes has written a history that succeeds where other narratives of the ‘Nazi Games’ often fail. He manages to bring these sixteen days in the summer of 1936 back to life by unfolding a panorama in which the everyday and banal interacts with the special and extraordinary in often surprising and insightful ways.” —Professor Kay Schiller, author of The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany

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