Every four years, the entire world stops to witness the pageantry and glory of watching the best of the best compete against each other at the highest level. No, we're not talking about the presidential elections (we covered politics in a previous list). Of course, we're talking about the Summer Olympic Games. The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro take place today so we thought it might be fun to take a look at a selection of Olympic-related books. There's fiction, non-fiction and even an erotica title if you can believe it. When it comes to the Olympics, everyone wants to be in the show.
He also tells the extraordinary story of how women fought to be included on equal terms, how the Paralympics started in the wake of World War II, and how the Olympics reflect changing attitudes to race and ethnicity.
The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.
Two years after the action nearly spilled from the field to the stands during soccer's championship match, Jack is back in Rio for the Olympics. But before the cauldron is even lit, the only thing more intense than the competition is the security risks. When prominent clients he's supposed to be protecting disappear, and bodies mysteriously start to litter the streets, Jack is drawn deep into the heart of a ruthless underworld populated by disaffected residents trying to crash the world's biggest party. As the opening ceremonies near, with the world watching in horror, Jack must sprint to the finish line to defuse a threat that could decimate Rio and turn the games from a joyous celebration into a deadly spectacle.
Complete with beautiful, full-color photography, this special edition invites you to relive some of the most memorable Olympic moments – Muhammad Ali’s torch lighting at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, the US Women’s Soccer Olympic title in the first-ever Women’s Soccer Olympic competition, and Michael Johnston’s golden finish, just to name a few. From their pre-Olympics path to the podium to post-Olympics life, The Best of the Games showcases the inspiring passion of athletes around the world and how they gave everything for the love of their fans, family, country, and above all: their sport.
I’m here to swim. To get to know the father I haven’t seen in a decade.
Blake makes me feel things no one else ever has… But the last thing I need is more heartbreak.
Too bad he looks even better out of the water than in it. I just have to stay strong. Right?
But in order to prepare itself for the world stage, Rio must vanquish the entrenched problems that Barbassa recalls from her childhood. Turning this beautiful but deeply flawed place into a pristine showcase of the best that Brazil has to offer in just a few years is a tall order—and with the whole world watching, the stakes couldn’t be higher.