The 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City were remarkable for the convergence of trends in world history. Mexican leaders were hoping to showcase a newly modernized Mexico, both modern and cosmopolitan, cultured and imbued with tradition. And while the Mexico City Olympics are well-known today, its leaders could not have envisioned the wide tumultuous affair that it would become. In Before the Eyes of the World, Kevin B. Witherspoon narrates the engaging tale, from the initial aspirations of the Mexicans to the end of the games. The games nearly fell apart when countries opposed to apartheid threatened to boycott if South Africa was included in the games. Later, the student protest movement culminated in a public massacre that left hundreds dead. At the same time, the Soviets and the Americans used the gathering to play out aspects of the Cold War. And, finally, the medal stand saw the rise of Tommie Smith's and John Carlos' raised Black Power fists. Through it all, Witherspoon offers new insights into the searing events of the time and provides a cogent and highly readable account that will be welcomed by sports historians and general readers alike.