Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics by Verso

Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics by Verso
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Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics by Verso

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Description of Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics from Verso

The first modern Olympics were held in 1896 in Athens, their ancestral homeland. The two-week festival hosted 241 white, male European athletes in such gentlemanly sports as fencing, shooting and swimming. Things have changed.

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A timely, no-holds barred, critical political history of the modern Olympic Games

The Olympics have a checkered, sometimes scandalous, political history. Jules Boykoff, a former US Olympic team member, takes readers from the event’s nineteenth-century origins, through the Games’ flirtation with Fascism, and into the contemporary era of corporate control. Along the way he recounts vibrant alt-Olympic movements, such as the Workers’ Games and Women’s Games of the 1920s and 1930s as well as athlete-activists and political movements that stood up to challenge the Olympic machine.