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Massacre in Munich: How Terrorists Changed the Olympics and the World
Massacre in Munich: How Terrorists Changed the Olympics and the World
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Massacre in Munich: How Terrorists Changed the Olympics and the World

An attack at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games would produce one of the defining images of international terrorism. The chilling photo of a hooded man peering from a balcony in the Olympic Village would be viewed worldwide as a horrific symbol of global terrorism. The man wearing a mask with cutout slits for his eyes was a member of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September. He and his fellow terrorists had seized 11 members of the Israeli Olympic delegation and were holding them hostage. They would kill them all as the tragedy unfolded. What had been dubbed the “happy Olympics” would be forever remembered as the Munich massacre. The Olympics would never the same.

PublisherCompass Point Books
Age Level10-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 5-7
SubjectHobbies & Crafts
Trim Size9 1/4 x 10 1/4
Page Count64



Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

"...Nardo explains the historical and political background behind the Munich Olympics and, as the subtitle suggests, shows how ripples from the horrendous and botched affair can be felt to the present day. . . .Nardo has created a compelling account through clear and age-appropriate prose, photographs, and quotes from interviewees. . . . a balanced and informative account of this tragic event." - Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

November 1, 2016

Booklist - Julia Smith

"Top 10 Series Nonfiction.  Taking the well-regarded Captured History series in a new direction, this handsome series focuses on iconic photographs in athletics, showcasing one picture per volume and explaining its backstory and the circumstances surrounding the moment it was taken." - Booklist

April 1, 2017

Jewish Book Council - Leslie A. Kimmelman

"The narrative of the massacre is told thoughtfully, unadorned and complete, giving space in turn to perpetrators, victims, reporters, and police. All of the photos are well-chosen and have a stunning power. . . .The book makes a great addition to a library or classroom, sure to lead to further group discussion." - Jewish Book Council

March 28, 2017


School Library Journal - Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools (MO)

"Capstone expands the “Captured” series into sports, with its usual combination of information about an iconic photograph and the photographer and circumstances in which it was taken. Each title emphasizes how the topic pivotal sports moment symbolized a major change in sports and the world at large. . . .This series is certain to entice sports fans to read about history. This is a worthy addition to get students thinking critically about the impact and reach of primary source materials like photographs." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2016

Don Nardo

Don Nardo

Historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about modern history, including studies of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, World War II, international terrorism, and dozens of military topics. In addition, he specializes in ancient history and has published numerous volumes about the histories and cultures of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and peoples of Mesopotamia. Nardo, who also composes and arranges orchestral music, lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

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