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Berlin 1936:Sixteen Days in August

Oliver Hilmes

German author Oliver Hilmes takes readers through the 16 days of the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Games (one chapter for each day of the competition), describing the events in the German capital through the eyes of those who were there. While the events in the Olympic stadium provide the focus and much of the suspense, it also considers the lives of ordinary Berliners: the woman with a dark secret who steps in front of a train, another who fearfully waits for the Gestapo's knock on the door rather than seek medical help, and the Jewish boy who hopes that Germany loses on the playing field. A “riveting drama” (Booklist Reviews) for fans of Daniel Brown’s The Boys in the Boat (2013).