Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics

The Olympics have a checkered, sometimes scandalous, political history. Jules Boykoff, a former US Olympic team member, guides readers from it'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 and1930s as well as athlete-activists and political movements that stood up to challenge the Olympic machine.Jules Boykoff is the author of Activism and the Olympics, Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games. He is a professor of politics and government at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

  • Author: Jules Boykoff
  • 352 pages
  • Paperback
  • Published 2016
  • Size: 8.3 x 5.5 inches