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  • Olympic Visionsby Mike O'Mahony

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 35.00

    African American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos protesting racial segregation in the United States in 1968. Hitler watching the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Michael Phelps? photo finish in the 100-meter butterfly to win his seventh of a record eight medals in 2008. Since its creation in 1896, the Olympic Games have produced iconic images such... more...

  • Olympism: The Global Visionby Boria Majumdar; Sandra Collins

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    The collection starts from the premise that Olympism and the Olympic Games make sense only when they are placed within the broader national, colonial and post colonial contexts and argues that sport not only influences politics and vice-versa, but that the two are inseparable. Sport is not only political; it is politics. It is also culture and art.... more...

  • Forty Years of Sport and Social Change, 1968-2008by Russell Field; Bruce Kidd

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    1968 was a year of protest in civil society (Prague, Paris, Chicago) and a year of protest in sport. After a world-wide campaign, the anti-apartheid movement succeeded in barring South Africa from the Olympic Games, while US athletes from the Olympic Project for Human Rights used the medals podium to decry the racism of North America. Meanwhile, students... more...

  • Sport in the Cultures of the Ancient Worldby Zinon Papakonstantinou

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    Sport has been practised in the Greco-Roman world at least since the second millennium BC. It was socially integrated and was practised in the context of ceremonial performances, physical education and established local and international competitions including, most famously, the Olympic Games. In recent years, the continuous re-assessment of old... more...

  • The Wonder Crewby Susan Saint Sing

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 8.99

    THE WONDER CREW is the fascinating story of how the salty coach of the Annapolis crew team, Coach Richard Glendon, seized the sport of rowing first from the Ivy League schools and then the imposing British with a new style both uniquely American and very much his own. He took a group of young midshipmen with humble origins and dominated a sport... more...

  • Disability in the Global Sport Arenaby Jill M. Le Clair

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    Sport is often at the centre of battles for rights to inclusion linked to class, race and gender, and this book explores struggles centred on disability in different cultural settings in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania. It challenges oversights and assumptions about the ?normal? body, and describes how individual and organizational... more...

  • Bearing Light: Flame Relays and the Struggle for the Olympic Movementby John J. Macaloon

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    In recent decades, five to ten times as many persons have turned out for the Olympic flame relay as have watched Olympic sports contests live.  Flame Relays and the Struggle for the Olympic Movement: Bearing Light , the first anthropological analysis of the contemporary torch relay, exposes and interprets the transformation of the ritual across a... more...

  • The Armchair Olympianby Phil Ascough

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 8.99

    Billed as the greatest sporting show on earth, the Olympic Games have produced countless memorable stories of achievement and endurance since entering the "modern" era in 1896. The major sports take a back seat - some of them long gone from the schedule - as sports fans discover new heroes excelling in obscure events that intrigue. The Games deliver... more...

  • A Lifetime of Training for Just Ten Secondsby Richard Witt

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 12.99

    'I hope the Romanian doesn't get through, because I can't pronounce her bloody name.' Allegedly from David Coleman, British radio and TV commentator, at one of his many Olympic coverages, when he thought he was off air. A Lifetime of Training for Just 10 Seconds is a collection of quotations from Olympic athletes, eyewitnesses and commentators... more...

  • The Secret Olympianby ANON

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 11.99

    The vast majority of us can only dream of being an Olympic-level athlete - but we have no real idea of what that means. Here, for the first time, in all its shocking, funny and downright bizarre glory, is the truth of the Olympic experience. It is an unimaginable world: the kitting-out ceremony with its 35kg of team clothing per athlete the pre-Olympic... more...