Did the 1960 Olympics mirror or even cause major changes in society? In his new book Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World, David Maraniss makes the case that events from that year’s Rome games reflected and accelerated the cataclysmic changes that would reverberate throughout the world in the 1960s.
From race relations to the Cold War, Maraniss paints with a broad brush, and makes a strong case that the Olympics that year were not “just” games.
In the clip below Maraniss and Prime Time Radio host Mike Cuthbert discuss Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila, his amazing story and what it meant for the world watching the 1960 Olympics.
Click here for the full interview with Maraniss and for AARP’s Bulletin Today coverage of the 2008 Olympics, click here.