Prologue: The wattle and the swastika 1 Berlin wins the games 2 On your marks 3 The class of '36 4 Darkness descending 5 Amateur hour 6 Boycott Berlin! 7 All at sea 8 Into the lair 9 Bells, whistles and a grand arena 10 Settling in 11 Innocents abroad 12 Olympic countdown 13 The Opening Ceremony 14 Days of grace and fury 15 The dying flame 16 Behind the mask 17 Sifting the wreckage 18 Finish lines Epilogue Acknowledgements Bibliography
A team of thirty-three Australian athletes competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Poorly prepared and with limited support, they bravely faced formidable competition. Larry Writer recreates their experience so vividly we can imagine ourselves in the famous stadium surrounded by swastikas.
Larry Writer is an award-winning author with an interest in sport, history and crime.
[A] fascinating book * Weekend Australian *
Larry Writer's portrait of Berlin during the 1936 Olympics, seen largely through the eyes of the Australian team, is absorbing. * Sydney Morning Herald *
Impeccably researched and superb...dramatic and touching. * Inside Sport *
Larry Writer has delivered a gem in Dangerous Games... -- Roland Perry, author of Bill the Bastard
Writer has faithfully recreated the 1936 Olympics - the most controversial in history... -- Harry Gordon, author of Australia and the Olympic Games