Power Games by Jules Boykoff
A Political History of the Olympics

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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.
 

About Jules Boykoff

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Jules Boykoff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. His research and writing appears in scholarly journals such as Global Environmental Change, Labor History, and Socialist Studies, and popular publications like Extra! and NACLA: Report on the Americas.
 
Published May 17, 2016 by Verso. 352 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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