A Social History of the Olympic Games

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Mayor Walker welcomes French Olympic athletes on their way to Los Angeles Olympics, July 14, 1932. Note WNYC's Tommy Cowan at lower left.

What makes the Olympics "the Olympics" is that people all over the world get excited about it.

That's how David Goldblatt, sportswriter and the author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016), characterizes it. He explores how world history has interacted with that of the Olympic games, the history of Olympic "villages" that house traveling athletes and more.