"Give a talented journalist an engrossing
storyline – especially
a sports writer accustomed
the drama of games – and he will keep you
mesmerized by the who, what, where, when
and why of the unfolding adventure.
And so it is with
Terry Frei’s Olympic Affair.
Set against the
1936 Berlin Olympics –
remembered primarily for Jesse Owens’ four
gold-medal performance and
disdain for him – Frei focuses
on the decathlon
America’s Glenn Morris, and his
with the renowned German actress and
Olympic film director, Leni Riefenstahl.
It is, then, a compelling
look at an historic
sporting event and a
cloaked in intrigue and
danger. Frei’s style
is reporter/novelist, cleanly
event and character,
offering a panorama of
human triumph saddened by
failure. Of the books I’ve read in the past
four or five years, this one is near the
top of the list."
--Terry Kay, novelist and screenwriter, Townsend
Prize and Southern Emmy winner, author
To Dance with the White Dog
and The Book of Marie