Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics

Triumph The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler s Olympics At the Olympics against a backdrop of swastikas and goose stepping storm troopers an African American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four gold medals and single handedly demonstrated tha

  • Title: Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics
  • Author: Jeremy Schaap
  • ISBN: 9780618919109
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the 1936 Olympics, against a backdrop of swastikas and goose stepping storm troopers, an African American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four gold medals and single handedly demonstrated that Hitler s myth of Aryan supremacy was a lie The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports It is also the intimate aAt the 1936 Olympics, against a backdrop of swastikas and goose stepping storm troopers, an African American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four gold medals and single handedly demonstrated that Hitler s myth of Aryan supremacy was a lie The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports It is also the intimate and complex tale of one remarkable man s courage Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Germany and tells the dramatic tale of Owens and his fellow athletes at the contest dubbed the Nazi Olympics.With his incisive reporting and rich storytelling, Schaap reveals what really happened over those tense, exhilarating weeks in a nuanced and riveting work of sports history.

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    1. Reviewed this for Kirkus waaaayyy back when it came out: kirkusreviews/book-reGreat book, if you're into this sort of thing.

    2. An absolutely fantastic read! The author does a wonderful job at painting just how once-in-a-lifetime talent Owens really was, while not deifying him or making him into an icon without defects. It's pretty amazing to think about the records he set and how long they stood and what he could have accomplished had he had today's training, equipment and facilities. One of my favorite parts was when as an 11-year old kid, in street clothes and regular school shoes he ran a 100-yards in 11 seconds. The [...]

    3. Interesting and informative, this easily readable book covers the key points of Jesse Owens' life (in and out of sports) in addition to these historical arenas: Olympic politics, Hitler, Eugenics, and World War II. The upside to journalistic-style writing is that it's concise, not overly wordy, and simplistically worded. The downside: impersonal, dry, and droning at times. Overall though, a good solid read - but without any connecting passion and/or pizazz. Three *** Historically Relevant, Biogr [...]

    4. This book was average. I was really bored by the descriptions of the races Owens ran. While I think the story of Jesse Owens could be interesting, the writing in this book just didn't draw me in. I have to say I was really disturbed reading about Hitler and white supremacy right now. Some of the parts about Hitler and his people's ability to convince the public that they weren't doing and planning horrible things in the early days of his leadership seemed a little too real. It is scary to think [...]

    5. A great breakdown of the day by day events leading up to the Olympics and the dynamics of the interactions of Owens, Long, and the interactions with Hitler and the Germans.

    6. This should have been better. Poor writing, kind of simplified and obvious too much of the time, is the main culprit as second generation sports journalist doesn't compare to his father that is for sure (Dick Schaap). The story of Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics is pretty amazing and I'm shocked it hasn't been made into a movie--although I think that is happening soon. It's going to be one of those rousing sports films that have been coming once or twice a year for the past decade. Tear [...]

    7. I saw the movie "Race" on an airplane recently and decided I wanted to read more about Jesse Owens in the Olympics. This book was just what I was looking for. The prose is very readable, and Schaap does a good job of describing both Owens's life and the important other players and events of the time without one distracting us too much from the other. It kind of irked me that the movie took certain typically Hollywood liberties with the truth (the part about the relay is completely changed, when [...]

    8. "The Nazi government wants more than American participation in a sporting contest. It wants to picture Hitler with Uncle Sam standing behind him and saying, 'We are with you, Adolf!'" After years of debate, if the U.S. was to send its teams to the Olympics, its action would be viewed universally as nothing less than a validation of the Third Reich, which had just stripped its Jewish citizens of their most basic rights."Sound familiar?

    9. This book was more than a biography about the athlete. It was about someone who was the best in the world at what he did, and still was considered inferior because of his race.

    10. Ever since I read Unbroken, about Louie Zamperini, I was interested in reading more about the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Especially as Jesse Owens was a part, though very brief, of Zamperini's story I wanted to learn about his life and journey to the Olympics. Owens was the youngest of 10 children born in Alabama to a sharecropper. His family was incredibly poor and the decision was made to move to Ohio where they could try to make a better life. Jesse caught the eye of Charles Riley who could imm [...]

    11. This Book gave me a personal experience into a man's personal triumph in life when all the odds were against him. It gave a true story about Jesse Owens in the Olympic Games right before the worst War in the History of the world.I liked the book the whole way through because it offered an inside look at The life of a very historic role model in the united states, with all the personal battles he had not just in the games, but in life itself. Jesse Owens had all the odds were against him and many [...]

    12. Victory! This word represents the book Triumph by Jeremy Shaap because it is about Jesse Owens, and he would always win during high school, college, and the olympics. I believe that this book will make me want to read other books like this because I really enjoy reading about the Olympics and Track and Field. This book was definitely a page-turner because once I read something, I would want to know what happened next. Triumph was kind of a complex book because the book would change from being ab [...]

    13. I've only read two sports books in my life. They were both supposed to be 'amazing,' but I just don't particularly enjoy the genre. This one was interesting in that the story played out in a more interesting point in history, so that helped quite a bit. I can definitely appreciate the obvious amount of research that went into writing this book. That in itself was definitely 'amazing.' But the story meh. I've definitely read more interesting stories. I did find the bit about how the movie based o [...]

    14. I was not anticipating much drama from this book about Jesse Owens's famous and incredible performance at the 1936 Olympics. Even as a non-fan, I knew that story. However, author Jeremy Schaap brings excitement and meaning to Owens's record-setting acts of athleticism by placing them in the context of American racism and German fascism. Some of the most interesting characters here are not athletes, but the Führer and his favored filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl. If you're interested in the history o [...]

    15. Schaap's brief telling of Owen's road to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin is a perfect book for someone who knows little of the story. However, both Owen's story, the other pieces related to these Olympics, as well as the iron grip the Amateur Athletic Union had over all the athletes, deserves a deeper dive.

    16. I was disappointed in this book. The subject- Jesse Owens- is fascinating. But I never felt like I got to know Jesse. The book somehow felt boring and at a remove.

    17. I enjoyed reading about Jesse Owens' journey to the 1936 Olympics and the history surrounding his epic experience.

    18. Someone had suggested I read this after discussing "The Boys in the Boat" and how wonderful a book that was. The story of Jesse Owens is definitely an amazing and powerful one. Unfortunately, this story fell a bit flat. It really wasn't so much about Jesse. You don't really get to know him. You learn about his background, his coaches and some of the races leading up to the Olympics, but I wanted more. It does describe the 1936 Olympics and the push for the U.S. to not participate. It then goes o [...]

    19. I read Triumph for book club. The book is well researched and provides not only the history of the Olympics and WWII before America’s involvement, but it also paints an accurate portrait of racial prejudice and civil rights in Germany and the United States. Jesse Owens was the fastest man in America yet he was still considered inferior because of his race. I believe this should be required reading in schools but it’s probably on the banned list.

    20. I rated Triumph a 3-star because a lot of the novel was about the controversy of sending the American blacks to the Olympics in Berlin which was just about the biggest snooze-fest when I was in that part. Similarly, some of the book mentioned the filming of the Olympics which was of no interest to me. On the other side, I really liked how Schaap started strong with Jesse Owen's record-breaking day at Ann Arbor, making two world records his own and coming a tenth of a second from tying another. Y [...]

    21. Running is a writer's world. Alone with the sound of your breath and the pounding of your feet against pavement, you have all the time in the world to imagine and create stories, legends and myths. You can take your time to chronicle each and every alteration of the weather and the body until you have a big pile of overwrought imagery and irrelevant symbolism.Jeremy Schaap cuts through a lot of the running falderal with his book about the Track and Field battles during the 1936 Olympic Games. Na [...]

    22. The accomplishments of Jesse Owens in the 1936 Summer Olympics is still revered and celebrated now, eighty years later. Not just for the athletic achievement of earning four gold medals, but also for dispelling the myth of Adolf Hitler’s notion of Aryan superiority is this feat remembered. In this excellent book by Jeremy Schapp, the reader will learn more about what made a humble black man from Ohio turn into the fastest man on Earth. There are many aspects about Owen’s story that Schapp wr [...]

    23. The story of Owens’s rise from a sharecropper family to the fastest man in the world is fascinating. I was touched by the amount of prejudice he had to overcome, even after he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. For example, as a worldwide celebrity, he still could not find a hotel that would rent a room to him in New York City on his return from the Olympics. I was also touched by the friendship he struck up with his German competitor, Lutz Long, with whom he kept in touch until Long w [...]

    24. The 1936 Summer Olympics were held in Berlin, in the shadow of the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. This is a fascinating period to me. The Nazi party had come to power in 1933; Hitler soon gained control, and by 1935 was proclaiming (in the "Nuremberg Laws") the Jews to be "non-citizens" of the Reich and initiating restrictions on marriage and employment. There were international concerns about whether the Olympics should be held in this atmosphere; the book presents many of the con [...]

    25. Triumph:The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics by Jeremy schaap is an sports novel about Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics. It start with Jesse humble up brings. It also talk about his grade school days and high schol years. It also talks about his days at Ohio State. Talks bout some of his greatest wins and his most crushing losses. It also goes into the political aspect of the 1936 Olympics. It also talks about Hitler mindset before the game started. It goes into Jesse phenomena [...]

    26. Really fantastic story that gets at the real Jesse Owens while paying tribute to his one-of-a-kind talents. I'd heard a lot about the '36 Olympics but had no idea exactly HOW out of this world Owens was. Schaap's writing is subdued and informational and he knows how much to temper the athletics with the human interest. It's a compelling read, even though I knew how the story was going to end. I knew that Owens and the other African-American athletes at that games exploded the Aryan superman myth [...]

    27. It's so weird to think that the Olympics in 1936 were in Berlin. Althetes heiling and goosestepping. It seems so non-Olympicy, and then here's Jesse Owens who just WINS EVERYTHING. (What? This is not a spoiler--read your history.) He's so much better than all of the Aryan athletes, just leaves them in the dust, but you know what?It was also 1936 in America. Owens couldn't eat in many of the diners that his college team visited while at meets. There was a lot of discrimination and prejudice in Am [...]

    28. This book contains two very interesting intertwined stories. The first is that of Jesse Owens, son of a poor black sharecropper, who overcame prejudice and rose to become one of America's top track and field athletes ever. The second story is that of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which Hitler organized to showcase his re-made Germany and the supposed supremacy of the Aryan race. Jesse Owens, in winning four gold medals and becoming the star of the Berlin Olympics, humiliated Hitler's Aryan team, and [...]

    29. 3.5 starsIt was fascinating to me learning about J.C. (to the world Jesse, due to his southern accent people thought J.C. was 'Jesse') and his rise in the running world. He was coming up during a heavy time of racism in the U.S before the Civil Rights Movement was even a dream.We also get a glimpse of the rise of the Third Reich and the treatment of Jews, etc. Many Americans opposed going to the Olympics, as a protest to Hitler and his regime. The Germans then pointed out the hypocrisy because t [...]

    30. Lessons Learned: One can succeed despite any obstacle thrown at you. You simply need to make up your mind to do so.Summary:Great book about Jesse Owens and the Triumph he achieved at the 1936 Olympics. Given all that he had to overcome, poverty, racism, jealousy, competitors’ etc one cannot help but cheer for the hero of the book. Amazing to learn how through his running he sent a powerful message to Hitler and the world that it does not really matter what color you are. Bigotry and racism cle [...]

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