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London’s Olympic Follies: The Madness and Mayhem of the 1908 London Games

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London's Olympic Follies: The Madness and Mayhem of the 1908 London Games: A Cautionary Tale by Graeme Kent, book reviewHaving caught a bad dose of Olympic Fever this summer, I was pleased to spot London’s Olympic Follies: The Madness and Mayhem of the 1908 London Games: A Cautionary Tale by Graeme Kent in the recent Kindle sale. I was keen to find out more about the history of the modern Olympic Games, and particularly London’s place in that history.

London 1908 was the fourth modern Olympiad, if we’re not counting the unofficial games in Athens in 1906. The Olympic movement was still gaining fame and learning lessons. With a large stadium built in White City, London was ready to go, having taken over at fairly short notice from Rome which found itself unable to host the games.


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