There's Munich and various political boycotts. There have been various underdog medalists and the surefire champions and dopers. And there are particular years to apply to each circumstance and issue. David Maraniss felt 1960 was just as important in the history of the Olympic games. In his book Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World, Maraniss discusses a clear seachange between historical eras as well as differences regarding gender, race and country. And yes, he offers a good tale of triumph here and there as well (Wilma Rudolph, for example). Maraniss, the associate editor of The Washington Post, discusses and signs his book 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Fairmont, 1717 N. Akard St., and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fort Worth Club, 306 W. 7th St. Tickets range from $30 to $65 depending on membership and location. Visit dfwworld.org for registration and info.
Mon., July 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2008