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An investigation into the politics behind 100 years of Olympic Games history. It begins with an explanation of who holds power within the Olympic movement, how it is financed, and how the costly process of bidding for the games works. The new edition contains new material covering South Africa's exclusion from the Olympics (which ended in 1992), Atlanta's successful bid and preparations for the 1996 Olympics, and whether "gigantism," in terms of the scale of the games and the movement's sense of its own importance, threatens its future. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Christopher R. Hill, formerly Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York, is now a Visiting Fellow at Chichester Institute of Higher Education.From Library Journal:
The author's thesis is not original to anyone who follows sport. The Olympic movement, Hill (politics, Univ. of York) argues, has been transformed into a major business dominated by money, power, and rank commercialism. Neither are his sources original. But he does a competent--although at times pedantic--job of chronicling how the Olympic movement has veered from its original intent. As the author concludes, "The whole thing has got out of hand." No recommendations for saving the games are presented, and the author leaves the reader wondering if it may be too late. Recommended for both academic and large public libraries.
- Ron Chepesiuk, Winthrop Univ. Lib., Rock Hill, S.C.
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Book Description Manchester Univ Pr, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0719044502