Today: Last Update:

  • Thomas Bach Contributes Preface for Coubertin Novel


    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.

    The Idealist is now printed and bound and about to be shipped to those who have ordered advance copies. See below for link to the book’s web site.

    Order your copies today:

    For more information, please contact:

    Brian Baker
    Managing Partner, Founder
    True North Management Group
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    +1 (404) 641-1932

    As a service to our readers, Around the Rings will provide verbatim texts of selected press releases issued by Olympic-related organizations, federations, businesses and sponsors.

    These press releases appear as sent to Around the Rings and are not edited for spelling, grammar or punctuation. 

    20 Years at #1: Your best source of news about the Olympics is, for subscribers only