Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

sign up for Boomerang Books BulletinGet Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - The First London Olympics: 1908 by Rebecca Jenkins

In the summer that saw the first successful flight of the Zeppelin, a 140 acre site of scrubland in West London was transformed into the White City, which housed the 1908 Franco British Exhibition - and a state-of-the-art stadium built to house the first London Olympics. The Olympics were organised by volunteers in just 18 months and at a fraction of the cost of the modern Olympics and yet, just as today, the sport was overshadowed by doping scandals and caused international uproar. The ferocious competitiveness of a US team dominated by New York Irish Americans led to a succession of 'scandals' culminating in the historic marathon when Italian confectioner baker Dorando Pietri's heroic efforts at the limits of exhaustion so entranced on-lookers that track officials helped him across the finish line. Coinciding with the 100th Anniversary of the first London Olympics, this delightful social and sporting history - illustrated with over 70 contemporary images - provides a thought-provoking contrast to the forthcoming 2012 Olympic Games.

Buy The First London Olympics: 1908 by Rebecca Jenkins from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780749951689
ISBN-10: 0749951680
Format: Hardback
(220mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Piatkus Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 26-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - The First London Olympics: 1908 by Rebecca Jenkins

Book Reviews - The First London Olympics: 1908 by Rebecca Jenkins

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about First London Olympics: 1908 book by Rebecca Jenkins and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Rebecca Jenkins

Rebecca Jenkins, the daughter of the late Bishop of Durham, has worked with the athlete Brendan Foster for Sport England. She is also the author of a biography of Fanny Kemble, the nineteenth-century actress and celebrity. Rebecca lives in Durham.

Books By Rebecca Jenkins

The Duke's Agent by Rebecca Jenkins
Hardback, June 2008
First London Olympics: 1908 by Rebecca Jenkins
Paperback, May 2012
$25.19 $27.99
Fanny Kemble by Rebecca Jenkins
Paperback, February 2006
Death of a Radical by Rebecca Jenkins
Paperback, October 2010