The compelling history of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games - a cauldron of discord that forecast the horrors of the Second World War
The 1936 Berlin Olympics brought together athletes, politicians, socialites, journalists, soldiers and artists from all over the world. But behind the scenes, they were a dress rehearsal for the horrors of the forthcoming conflict.
Hitler had secretly decided the Games would showcase Nazi prowess and the unwitting athletes became helpless pawns in his sinister political game. Berlin Games explores the machinations of a wide cast of characters, including sexually incontinent Nazis, corrupt Olympic officials, transvestite athletes and the mythic figure of Jesse Owens. By illuminating the dark, controversial recesses of the world's greatest sporting spectacle, Guy Walters throws shocking new light on the whole of Europe's troubled pre-war period.
Praise for Guy Walter's previous books: - .
Masterfully crafted and genuinely frightening - Daily Express
Gripping - Daily Telegraph
A classic page-turner - The Times
Convincing and intelligent - Daily Mail
Gripping, ingenious ... compelling ... reminiscent of le Carre - Literary Review
Thoroughly readable - The Spectator
Extraordinary - Sunday Times
Guy Walters is the author of three bestselling wartime thrillers The Traitor, The Leader and The Occupation, all of which have been published in USA, Holland, Japan and France. He recently co-edited The Voice for War an anthology of WW2 memoirs. He was a journalist on The Times for eight years and regularly contributes to the Daily Mail. He is married to the author Annabel Venning and they have one son.