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Rome 1960

book cover imageIt was the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one.  The Rome Olympics saw the world’s first commercially televised games, the first doping scandal and the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand of shoes.  Maybe they’re somehow all related?  A young 18-year-old Louisville boxer named Cassius Clay won gold before changing his name to Muhammad Ali.  Rome 1960 is a penetrating look at this turning point in history:  how athletics moved from a sport of affluent amateurs to the industry we know today.