This compelling book provides the first comprehensive history of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, notorious for abduction of Israeli Olympians by Palestinian terrorists and the hostages' tragic deaths after a botched rescue mission. Eminent historian David Clay Large explores the 1972 festival in all its ramifications, interweaving the political drama surrounding the Games with the athletic spectacle, itself hardly free of controversy. Writing with flair and an eye for telling detail, Large brings to life the stories of the indelible characters who epitomized the Games. With the Olympic movement in constant danger of terrorist disruption, and with the fortieth anniversary of the 1972 tragedy upon us in 2012, the Munich story is more timely than ever.
David Clay Large is professor of history at Montana State University. He has also taught at Berkeley, Smith College, and Yale University. He is the author of several acclaimed histories, including Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936, Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich, and Berlin. An avid athlete, Large, when not writing, teaching, or parenting (he has a nine-year-old daughter), can often be found running the roads of Bozeman, Montana, and San Francisco, California, the two places he calls home.
Introduction Chapter 1: The Decision for Munich Chapter 2: "We Just Slid Into It": Planning and Building for Munich '72 Chapter 3: On the Eve of the Games Chapter 4: Let the Games Begin Chapter 5: Invasion of the Sanctuary Chapter 6: Battlefield Furstenfeldbruck Chapter 7: The Games Go On Epilogue