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

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 145.00

    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...

  • 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 Youth Olympic Gamesby Dag Vidar Hanstad; Milena M. Parent; Barrie Houlihan

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    The first summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) were held in Singapore in 2010 and the first winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012. The IOC hopes that the YOG will encourage young people to be more active and that they will bring the Olympic movement closer to its original founding values. This is the first book to be published on the Youth... more...

  • By the Swordby Richard Cohen

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 17.00

    Napoleon fenced. So did Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Grace Kelly, and President Truman, who would cross swords with his daughter, Margaret, when she came home from school. Lincoln was a canny dueler. Igantius Loyala challenged a man to a duel for denying Christ?s divinity (and won). Less successful, but no less enthusiastic, was Mussolini, who would... more...

  • As Good as Goldby Kathryn Bertine; Kathrine Switzer

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 25.00

    Imagine George Plimpton. Except with real athletic ability. And he?s a woman. And she?s taken on a challenge that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk game of Go Fish.   Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former professional figure skater, and starving artist. Just as her personal and professional dreams begin to crumble in the summer of 2006,... more...

  • Something in the Airby Richard Hoffer

    Free Press 2009; US$ 26.00

    In the tradition of Seabiscuit and The Summer of ?49 , a gripping sports narrative that brilliantly tells the amazing individual stories of the unforgettable athletes who gathered in Mexico City in a year of dramatic upheaval. The 1968 Mexico City Olympics reflected the spirit of their revolutionary times. Richard Hoffer?s Something in the... more...

  • The Second Markby Joy Goodwin

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 22.95

    It was billed as the greatest event in the history of pair skating: three of the best teams of all time battling for Olympic gold on one night in Salt Lake City. Technical ability was approximately equal. It was the artistic merit score that would decide the gold medal -- the second mark. Representing Canada, China, and Russia, the three pairs illuminated... more...

  • Michael Phelpsby Bob Schaller; Jason Lezak; Rowdy Gaines

    St. Martin's Press 2008; US$ 19.99

    Michael Phelps is an American sports hero, perhaps the greatest Olympic athlete the world has ever known. His unprecedented eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics have made him a superstar. But his journey to Olympic immortality is every bit as compelling as his achievements in the pool. From learning to cope with ADHD to the story of how... more...