Jul 25, 2012 — "What's in a name?" William Shakespeare once wrote in Romeo and Juliet, long before the Olympics ever came to London. It turns out that some Olympic names herald the greatness athletes seek — and the events they enter — while some bear monikers better suited for others.
Jul 21, 2012 — From the ultimate Olympic reference book to an account of the last London Games, bibliophile cabbie Will Grozier recommends books that put both the 2012 Games and their host city in context.
Oct 16, 2008 — Forty years ago today, track and field athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos made their famous, silent gesture at the Mexico City Olympic Games. For insight, NPR's Tony Cox speaks with David Steele, co-author of The Autobiography of Tommie Smith.
Aug 4, 2008 — The 1960 Olympics in Rome, which took place against a backdrop of growing political and social tensions, introduced great athletes like Cassius Clay and Rafer Johnson. In a new book, journalist David Maraniss chronicles these pivotal games.
Jul 3, 2008 — It seems that wherever the Olympic Games go, politics will follow. And no competition was more political than the 1960 summer Olympics in Rome. For more, Farai Chideya speaks with journalist David Maraniss.
Jun 20, 2008 — A quarter-century ago, swimmer Hodding Carter just missed qualifying for the Olympic trials. Now 45, he is training for a long-shot bid at qualifying for the Beijing Olympics. Carter chronicles his quest in a new book, Off the Deep End.