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Jesse Owens: Athletes Who Made a Difference, Hoena, Blake

Jesse Owens: Athletes Who Made a Difference

Author: Hoena, Blake
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781728405094, Related ISBNs: 1728405092, 47796EB, 9781541578159, 9781541599444, 9781728402956
Classification: Non-Fiction

Synopsis

In 1936, Adolf Hitler attempted to make the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, a showcase of Nazi superiority with a new stadium and the first television broadcast of the Games. He didn't account for African-American sprinter and long jumper James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens, who smashed records throughout his track and field career.

Owens turned Hitler's Olympic vision on its head by winning four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump. Along the way, he broke or equaled nine Olympic records and set three world records. In graphic nonfiction style, this biography takes readers from Owens's early life to his historic athletic triumphs.

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