80OLYMPIC REVIEW This magnificent book is written in both English and Dutch. Using an enormous number of contemporary photographs, the authors have been able to reconstruct the full history of the Games of the IXth Olympiad. It's a truly fascinating story, with Coubertin's " coup d'état" from 1921, where he proposed that Paris host the 1924 Games and Amsterdam the 1928 edition. The authors, of whom Ruud Paauw is recognised as one of the best informed Dutch historians on the subject of the 1928 Olympic Games, also describe the problems with financing the Games, and when the money finally came available, how the Organising Committee arrived at the choice of Jan Wils as architect for the Olympic Stadium. The book is enhanced not only with original photographs; but also with pictures of memorabilia from the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games from the collection of ISOH member Jaco Treurniet, whose collection must be the richest one in the world on this edition of the Games. Then follow the descriptions of each of the sporting events. What makes the book indispensable is that the authors did not concentrate solely on Dutch Olympians, but also on the biography of famous sportsmen and women from these Games; Paavo Nurmi, Percy Williams, Lord Burghley, Ahmed Boughéra El Ouafi, Betty Robinson and Halina Konopacka are all featured. The chapter on gymnastics contains the story about the gold medal winning Dutch Jewish female gymnasts, who perished in the German extermination camps, while the swimming chapter includes a biography of the American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, later known for his film career as Tarzan. Also mentioned here is the famous story of Farid Simaika from Egypt, who for a short while was thought to be the winner of the platform diving, but later had to surrender his first place to the American Pete Desjardins. The art competition has a chapter of its own – as has the sports related physiological research, which was performed for the first time in Olympic history in 1928 by Professor F. J. J. Buytendijk from the University of Groningen. The final chapter is dedicated to the closing ceremony and the results, as well as an overall medals list, are presented at the end of the book. This book is a truly fabulous contribution to Olympic history and should find its way into every Olympic library. MODEL FORTHE FUTURE AMSTERDAM OLYMPICS: THE INDIA STORY Boria Majumdar, Nalin Mehta Published by: Harper Collins, 2008. ISBN: 97881- 7223- 7592, 379 pages, in English. Although more and more modern historians acknowledge that the development of the Olympic Games is closely linked with an understanding of how societies work, nothing has so far been said about the Indian experience of the Games. This seems surprising in view of the fact that India was the first colonial country to join the Olympic Movement. This very readable book with its rich store of anecdotes deals with a subject never previously tackled. The authors, Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta, were, for the first time, given unlimited access to the IOC's official archives in Lausanne. This enabled them to recall the least known chapters in India's Olympic history, so creating a unique and fascinating book. L'OLYMPISME À L'ÉCOLE? Eric Monnin Published by: Université de technologie de Belfort- Montbéliard, 2008. ISBN: 978- 2- 914279- 39- 0, 978 - 2- 84867- 240- 3, 251 pages, in French. Could Olympism become part of the school curriculum? That is the question posed by the book's author Eric Monnin, a former French national judo champion who holds a doctorate in sociology and teaches physical education. With a preface by IOC President Jacques Rogge, the book focuses on the challenges and constraints that face any initiative to make space on the school syllabus for Olympic values. It is divided into two parts. The first part examines three aspects of Olympism: basic concepts, ancient history and the modern era. Meanwhile, the second presents the conclusions of a survey carried out among students and teachers of physical education in the Franche- Comté region of France. FOOTBALL ET OLYMPISME JACQUES GUHL, UNE VIE Agnès Guhl Published by: Editions à la Carte, 2008 ISBN: 978- 2- 88464- 896- 7, in French Jacques Guhl, the Swiss writer, poet and footballer, is the subject of this biography written by his daughter Agnès Guhl. Structured like a storyboard, Agnès Guhl studied written notes and archives in order to present a synthesis of her father's philosophy and his past. Jacques Guhl designed the ' Magic Square' method to teach children how to play football. With his sportsman's spirit and writer's hand, he devised a form of learning centred on effort and willpower. Claiming, like Coubertin, to be a traveller on an unknown planet, Agnès Guhl describes how her father invited her into the ' World of A', an Olympic art form and source of creativity. Selection proposed by the IOC Library, 1, Quai d'Ouchy, P. O. Box 1001, Lausanne, Switzerland. Tel. + 41 ( 0) 21 621 66 11. Fax + 41( 0) 21 621 67 18. Visit the website www. olympic. org/ library ( loans service, on- line catalogue, list of new acquisitions, lists of themed bibliographies). OLYMPIC GAMES 1928/ MODEL VOOR DE TOEKOMST – AMSTERDAM, OLYMPISCHE SPELEN 1928; BY RUUD PAAUW AND JAAP VISSER; PUBLISHED BY UITGEVERIJ DE BUITENSPELERS – KATS; ROTTERDAM; CAN BE ORDERED VIA: WWW. DEBUITENSPELERS. NL; PRICE € 49.00; EXCLUSIVE MAILING COSTS; ISBN 978- 90- 71359- 28- 6; 447 PAGES. REVIEWED BY TONY BIJKERK.
OLYMPIC REVIEW81 Left: Lord Burghley wins the men's 400m hurdles Below: Hildegard Schrader of Germany strikes gold in the women's 200m breaststroke