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Igniting the Flame: America's First Olympic Team par [Reisler, Jim]
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The story of the fourteen men – largely forgotten and never the subject of a full-length book – who created the American Olympic movement by winning eleven gold medals at the first modern Olympics in 1896 in Athens, timed for publication leading up to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2012 Olympics in London.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 296 pages
  • Editeur : Lyons Press (5 juin 2012)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun Read for Armchair Olympians 20 juillet 2012
Par Michael - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Igniting the Flame is a fun read for anyone interested in the Olympics, track & field, and amateur sports. Jim Reisler is a great storyteller, transporting the reader to the time of the first modern Olympics in 1896. This was a time when there was no organized US Olympic infrastructure (like we have today) and the stories of how the first US athletes made their way to Greece in ad hoc fashion are compelling. The athletes were mostly from Ivy League schools. Even though school administrators did not always support their Olympic dreams, the athletes pressed on. Even more inspiring was the success these first US Olympians had in Athens - including some competing and succeeding in events (such as discus) for the first time. Descriptions of Greek hospitality towards the US athletes also remind us of what international sports should be about at their best. Highly recommended.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Poorly written book about a great event 6 novembre 2014
Par HouseholdSix - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
The author has clearly done his research and has put together a good read about the first Olympics of modern times. However the author continually heads off on tangents that have no bearing on the story he is telling. He spends three paragraphs giving a brief history of William Spalding who had no connection with the games in Greece. Event descriptions are interspersed throughout long winded personal histories and make following the chain of events in Athens difficult at best. This book had the potential to be a really great read about a Cinderella story but the author's lack of continuity ruins that. Subject matter is poorly organized and we jump back in forth in time with little to no explanation. All in all I would not recommend this book. Hopefully a better writer comes along for this subject because I would really like to know more
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Read 7 septembre 2012
Par Bart A. Donow - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Thinking that I knew a lot about the first modern Olympics and the social history of the time, I eagerly tore into this book. The more I read the more pleasantly surprised I became. The author does a masterful job of weaving the athletic, social, personal, and economic aspects of these games while telling a story that kept my interest from the first page to the last. Upon finishing the book, I was amazed at how little I had actually known about the restoration of the games and the participants.

I think this book would appeal to the casual sports fan as much as it would to the die hard. Even if you are not a sports fan, the author brings all of the characters in the book to life. You care about what happens to each as you learn of their triumphs and defeats. I recommend it without reservation.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 great story in need of a story teller 12 janvier 2013
Par gt surber - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Igniting the Flame is the story of the 14 college athletes who went to the first modern Olympics in the name of the United States in 1896. The story is a fascinating story that needs to be better known. Unfortunately, the sweep of the narrative was buried in encyclopedic data without a sense of narrative. I felt the story was told in a disjointed fashion jumping back and forth in time that obscured the story line itself. There is a great story here, but I felt it was buried in detail.

The good quality of the research showed. The story cried out for telling. It should have been exciting. But was not as it was told here.
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