The First Modern Olympics by Richard D. Mandell
This book describes and discusses the origins of the modern Olympic Games. The first
chapter is about sport in ancient Greek society. The next deals with the idea of the Olympic
Games which survived after the Games themselves were discontinued. The third chapter
presents a portrait of the real hero of the book, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the first impresario
of international amateur sport. Much of what follows concerns the preparations for, and the
actual unfolding of, the Games in Athens in 1896. The final chapter discusses the importance of
that first modern Olympics for subsequent international athletic festivals.