Book Talk with Jeremy Schaap: Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler?s Olympics

In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying and storm troopers goose-stepping, an African-American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four Olympic gold medals and single-handedly crushed Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports. It is an intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man. It is also the story of the American movement to boycott the games, which nearly succeeded, and of the Nazis' efforts to use the Olympics as a showcase for their new American Culture. Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, author Jeremy Schaap transports us to Germany and tells the dramatic tale of Owens at Hitler's Olympics.

Festival: 2007

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