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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jeremy Schaap
Narrator: Michael Kramer
Genres: Biography & Memoir, North America
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: March 2007
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying and storm troopers looming, an African American son of sharecroppers set three world records and won an unprecedented four gold medals, single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.

Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Nazi Germany to weave this dramatic tale. From the start, American participation in the games was controversial. A boycott, based on reports of Nazi hostility to Jews, was afoot, but it was thwarted by the president of the American Olympic Committee. At the games themselves the plots and intrigues continued: Owens was befriended by a German rival, broad jumper Luz Long, who helped Owens win the gold medal at his own expense. Two Jewish sprinters were, at the last moment, denied the chance to compete for the United States out of misguided politeness to the Nazi hosts. And a myth was born that Hitler himself had snubbed Owens.

Like Neal Bascomb's The Perfect Mile and David Margolick's Beyond Glory, Triumph captures this momentous episode in sports, and world, history in a nuanced yet page-turning narrative full of drama, suspense, and color.

Author Details

Author Details

Schaap, Jeremy

Jeremy Schaap is the author of the New York Times bestseller
Cinderella Man. An ESPN anchor and national correspondent, his
work has been published in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine,
Time, Parade, TV Guide, and the New York Times. He has also appeared on ABC's World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News. He is the son of
the award-winning journalist Dick Schaap.