Friday, August 03, 2012

Five top books on the Olympics

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books about the Olympics:
The Naked Olympics
by Tony Perrottet

Long before athletes wore moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics, they competed in the buff. Historian Tony Perrottet transports readers to the ancient Olympics, an extravaganza unparalleled in its popularity and extravagance that featured events as timeless as the javelin throw and as dated as the chariot race. Cameos by Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle provide hilarious (and occasionally vulgar) perspectives on the Games. Not to be missed: history's first recorded athletic corruption scandal!
Read about another entry on the list.

Novelist Gary Corby called The Naked Olympics "a short and fascinating account of the ancient Olympics, as it really happened."

Writers Read: Tony Perrottet (July 2008).

--Marshal Zeringue