Five Books to Read Alongside the Olympics

After much anticipation and waiting, the 2021 Summer Olympics are here!

Whether you’re an avid Olympic fan or just prefer to tune in for your favorite sports, there’s a book on this list that you’ll enjoy. So flip on the Olympics, get comfy and settle in with your great read!

The Boys in the Boat

By Daniel James Brown

Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times. This book is the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

The Summer Olympics: World’s Best Athletic Competition

By Matt Scheff

Since the first Olympic Games in ancient Greece, the Olympics have thrilled crowds with athletic talent, dazzling spectacle, and fiery competition. Revisit the biggest upsets, the brightest stars, and the most amazing gold-medal moments of the Summer Olympic Games

Fast Girls

By Elise Hooper

Love the Olympics but prefer novels over nonfiction? Elise Hooper explores the gripping, real life history of female athletes, members of the first integrated women’s Olympic team, and their journeys to the 1936 summer games in Berlin, Nazi Germany.

Rome 1960

By David Maraniss

From bestselling author Maraniss comes a groundbreaking book that weaves sports, politics, and history into a tour de force about the 1960 Rome Olympics.

The Three-Year Swim Club

By Julie Checkoway

 In 1937, a schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of poverty-stricken sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians. They faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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