Reviews for Coubertin's Olympics : How the Games Began


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996
Baron Pierre de Coubertin pursued his vision of holding modern Olympic games despite financial, political, and philosophical obstacles. The first games were held in 1896, but without the baron's guiding hand, they would have been the last. A clear text and carefully chosen black-and-white photographs reveal de Coubertin's life and explore the evolution of the Olympics we celebrate today. Bib., ind. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1995 November
Gr 5 Up?Citius, Altius, Fortius. This motto of the Olympics describes the efforts of the Baron Pierre de Coubertin to reach his dream?reviving the Greek Olympic Games to an international level. The journey was not a smooth one. Kristy describes how this life goal was reached, the obstacles faced, and the influence of other people in the realization of the Olympics as we know them today. Coubertin's use of guile, intelligence, tact, and friends are clearly described. The 14 chapters are dotted with fair-to-excellent quality black-and-white photographs that add interest and illuminate the text. Special lavender colored inserts on the torch relay prior to the games, women's competition, the origins of the International Olympic Committee, and amateurism add additional interest. Anyone interested in the origin of the Olympics should enjoy this well-documented, informative, and competently written book.?Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreeboro

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