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Power Games

Power Games

A Political History of the Olympics

Jules Boykoff (Author); Dave Zirin (Foreword)

  • Publisher: Verso
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Pages: 208
  • Released: May 17, 2016
  • ISBN-13: 9781784780722


The Olympics have a checkered, sometimes scandalous, political history. Jules Boykoff, a former US Olympic team member (soccer!) and author of Beyond Bullets, 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.

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