"Author Maraniss weaves sports, politics, and history into a tour de force about the 1960 Olympics. Old-boy notions of Olympic amateurism were crumbling. Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand, and there was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women." From publisher description.
Why the Olympics Aren't Good for Us, and How They Can Be by Mark Perryman
Call Number: Coming Soon
Publication Date: 2012
"Sports activist and writer Mark Perryman presents a sharply critical take on the way the Olympic Games have been organized––and an imaginative blueprint for how they can be improved. In these pages he sets out a detailed plan for how the Games can be made more inclusive and exciting to watch. His proposals include: Extending the games from a single host city to an entire country, or even group of countries; using existing stadia with greater spectator capacity than many of the purpose built facilities; expanding competitions held outside of stadia altogether; increasing the number of events where international participation is widespread; and shifting the onus of the games from corporate sponsorship to the involvement of community and volunteer groups. " From publisher description