Book Club

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Every year we read several books related to the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Led by Book Club Claire, we explore the athletes, sports, and history of the Games! If you have a suggestion for a book we should read, let us know

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Currently Reading

 

cover of the book A Shot at History by Abhinav Bindra with Rohit Brijnath

A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold

By Abhinav Bindra with Rohit Brijnath

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Past Selections

1964 Book cover

1964: The Greatest Year in the History of Japan: How the Tokyo Olympics Symbolized Japan’s Miraculous Rise from the Ashes

By Roy Tomizawa

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Games Of Deception book cover

Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany

By Andrew Maraniss

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The Suspect Book cover

The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle

By Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen

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Munich 1972 book cover

Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games

By David Clay Large

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Making Waves book cover

Making Waves: My Journey to Winning Olympic Gold and Defeating the East German Doping Program

By Shirley Babashoff with Chris Epting

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The Second Mark book cover

The Second Mark: Courage, Corruption and the Battle for Olympic Gold

By Joy Goodwin.

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Rome 1960 Book Cover

Rome 1960: The Olympics That Stirred the World

By David Maraniss

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Running for my Life book cover

Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

By Lopez Lomong

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The Boys in the Boat book cover.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

By Daniel James Brown

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