New Books: April 2015

This month, UMass Press releases the first book-length history of the 1984 Winter Olympic Games:

9781625341655The Sarajevo Olympics: A History of the 1984 Winter Games by Jason Vuic: To most, the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia seemed a success. This unlikely candidate city hosted an international sports competition at the highest level, housing and feeding hundreds of athletes and thousands of tourists while broadcasting a positive image of socialist Yugoslavia to the world. As an independent scholar of Balkan and Eastern European history, Vuic helps readers fully see these historic Winter Olympics in context with the area’s history. He retraces the history of the Olympic movement as he analyzes the inner workings of the International Olympic Committee during the troubled 1970s and 1980s, and places the 1984 Winter Games in the context of Cold War geopolitics.

“The lively writing of Jason Vuic re-lights the torch for all of us in a colorful remembrance of the best and the worst of what the Olympics can be.” – Marty Dobrow, author Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Six Minor Leagues in Search of the Baseball Dream

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