The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games (Illinois History of Sports)

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In a thoroughly revised and updated study, the author of Women's Sports and Games and Empires traces the history of the modern Olympics from 1896 to 2000, contrasting the ideal of the game with the often politicized reality. Simultaneous.In a thoroughly revised and updated study, the author of Women's Sports and Games and Empires traces the history of the modern Olympics from 1896 to 2000, contrasting the ideal of the game with the often politicized reality. Simultaneous. (Sports & Recreation) (Sports & Recreation)

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Allan Guttmann is author of "From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports", "Sports Spectators", and "The Games Must Go On: Avery Brundage and the Olympic Movement".

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In the film Chariots of Fire (1981), a prejudiced Olympic official states, "That's a matter for the committee!" Here, Guttmann chronicles the ambitions and backroom maneuvering of the International Olympic Committee and the nationalism that is, in reality, the summer games. The author's premise is that politics have been at the foundation of the modern Olympics from its inception in Athens (1896) to Seoul (1988). Gold, silver, and bronze medals have shared the victory stand with nationalism, and have even been tarnished by arrogance, protests, terrorists, and boycotts. Although the text emphasizes the political and socioeconomic climate of the Olympics, it also contains memorable accounts of athletic competition. This book, intended for the serious nonspecialist reader, will be a valuable addition to both general and specialized collections, particularly in this Olympic year.
- Albert Spencer, Coll. of Education, Univ. of Nevada-Las Vegas
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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