Decatur Library Auditorium
July 27, 2016, 7:15p.m.
George Hirthler discusses The Idealist, the inspiring yet tragic story of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the French visionary who founded the modern Olympic Games. In its narrative scope, The Idealist spans two centuries, covering the 74 years of Coubertin’s life from his birth in Pairs in 1863 to his death in Geneva in 1937. It reveals how the transformation of Paris into the capital of modernity helped fire a young man’s imagination and how the drumbeats of war sounded by the German hosts of the 1936 Berlin Olympics spoiled an old man’s dreams, and left him bereft of hope for the Movement he created to foster peace among nations.