What We Are Reading Today: Triumph by Jeremy Schaap

Updated 30 June 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Triumph by Jeremy Schaap

  • Schaap reveals what really transpired over those tense, exhilarating few weeks some seventy years ago

From the ESPN national correspondent and author of the New York Times bestseller Cinderella Man comes the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of a defining moment in sports and world history, says a review published on goodreads.com.

In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying, an African-American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four Olympic gold medals and single-handedly crushed Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 games is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.

Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Nazi Germany to weave this dramatic tale. 

At the games, the subplots and intrigue continued: Owens was befriended by a German rival, broad jumper Luz Long, who, legend has it, helped Owens win the gold medal at his own expense. 

With his trademark incisive reporting and rich storytelling gifts, Schaap reveals what really transpired over those tense, exhilarating few weeks some seventy years ago. In the end, Triumph is a triumph — a page-turning narrative that illuminates what happens when sports and the geopolitics collide on a world stage.


Imagine Dragons, Alan Walker, Clean Bandit added to Diriyah line-up

American pop rock band Imagine Dragons will perform on Nov. 22. (AFP)
Updated 19 November 2019

Imagine Dragons, Alan Walker, Clean Bandit added to Diriyah line-up

DUBAI: American pop rock band Imagine Dragons, British-Norwegian DJ Alan Walker and British electronic music band Clean Bandit have been added to the line-up of performances for Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Music Festival on Nov. 22.

Last week, the organizers announced that Latin American music giant Maluma will be part of the Diriyah Season. The Colombian singer songwriter will perform for fans on Nov. 23 after the Diriyah E-Prix.

First on stage on Nov. 23 will be Lebanese-Canadian R&B singer Massari, whose music combines Middle Eastern and Western culture, especially with hits such as “Shisha” and “Ya Nour El-Ein.” He has collaborated with the likes of Shaggy, Beenie Man and Afrojack.

Tickets to the concerts are free for those attending the opening two races of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.