The Idealist, George Hirthler’s historical novel on the life and times of Baron Pierre de Coubertin—the founder of the modern Olympic Games—continues to garner praise from the leadership of the Olympic Movement.
IOC President Thomas Bach has contributed a Preface, which is reprinted here as it appears in the novel.
Thomas Bach Preface
The Idealist is a vivid portrait of an extraordinary man set against the backdrop of transformation that gave us the splendors of Paris in the luminous years of the Belle Époch. Hirthler’s meticulously researched writing evokes a vivid historical panorama of the birth of the modern Olympic Movement through the eyes of the man who made it happen.
In the pages of this novel, we are transported to the front rows of history and immersed in the untold story of Coubertin’s unrelenting drive to create our world’s greatest celebration of humanity.
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