If you're looking to multitask while watching the Olympics over the next couple of weeks, check out Pulitzer Prize-winner David Maraniss' latest book, Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World (Simon & Schuster, 486 pages, $26.95). It was the year of Cassius Clay, Wilma Rudolph and Rafer Johnson. It was the year the Cold War heated up. And it was the year doping scandals became exposed.
Read the Sun-Times' review of Rome 1960, plus a review of a couple of Olympics-themed children's books.
And if that isn't enough, Phil Ponce spoke to Maraniss recently on WTTW-Channel 11's Chicago Tonight.