Igniting the Flame

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Igniting the Flame

America's First Olympic Team

By Jim Reisler; Dave Wottle (Foreword by)

Lyons Press, Hardcover, 9780762778485, 285pp.

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

The story of the fourteen men largely forgotten and never the subject of a full-length book who created the American Olympic movement by winning eleven gold medals at the first modern Olympics in 1896 in Athens, timed for publication leading up to the.

About the Author
Jim Reisler has written articles for the "New York Times", "Sports Illustrated", and "Newsweek". He is the acclaimed author of three baseball books: "Black Writers/Black Baseball", "Babe Ruth Slept Here", and "Before They Were the Bombers". He lives in Irvington, New York.

Praise For Igniting the Flame

“[T]he little-known story of the 1896 Olympics, the first in 1,500 years…. Reisler weaves a handful of narrative threads…. writes well about the oddities…. [and] skillfully records the cries and struggles attending a nearly miraculous rebirth.” –Kirkus Reviews