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4.0 out of 5 stars Corinthian Spirit, 4 Jan 2010
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James A. Hicken (Northants England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: For the Glory: Two Olympics, Two Wars, Two Heroes (Hardcover)
I am a fan of Mark Ryan's books. The writing is always earnest and genuine with an added intense human angle. This is especially evident in this little-known slice of sporting history. Ryan succeeds in bringing these real, but largely forgotten, characters back to convincing life. He laces the personal stories with a good account of the historical political context, but what shines through is the incredible sporting spirit of these American heroes in the face of huge difficulties of funding and the often brutal antipathy of the French. In the end it is victory for the true amateurs, and a lesson for all of today's often spoilt and mollycoddled olympians
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1920 and 1924 rugby at the Olympics: For the Glory: Two Olympics, Two Wars, Two Heroes, 12 April 2012
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Lawrence D. Freitas (Aptos, California) - See all my reviews
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For the Glory: Two Olympics, Two Wars, Two HeroesGreat book about the Californians who won the 1920 and 1924 Olympics in rugby, beating France both times. And there were more Santa Clara University players on those teams than University of California Berkeley players, to set the record straight. And Colby Slater went to Davis, not Berkeley. As far as why there wasn't a British team in either, or New Zealand, that's their problem. At least Australia sent a team to win in 1908. The book is interesting, and as an American I'm glad someone from Great Britain took up the project of doing the research, and writing this book. Now there should be a film, and if that makes Mark Ryan a rich man, so be it. Regarding the other book's hero, Rudy Scholz, I met him in 1974 when I came by to watch a few Santa Clara rugby matches, and stuck around for the after-game party at Club '66. His 1920 Gold Medal is on campus on display in the basketball arena.
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