December 18, 1995 12:00 PM

by Bud Greenspan

Nobody has a better eye for sinewy bodies than Greenspan, documenter of Olympic glory since 1948. His classic films lay bare the human spirit, and this nostalgic collection of photographs from Jesse Owens’s stunning triumph in Berlin (1936) to Dan Jansen’s going for the gold in Lille-hammer (1992) is an inspiring warm-up to next summer’s main event: the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. (General Publishing, $40)

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