The Games: A Global History of the Olympics
The Olympic Games have become the single greatest festival of a universal and cosmopolitan humanity. Seventeen days of sporting competition watched and followed on every continent and in every country on the planet. Simply, the greatest show on earth. Yet when the modern games were inaugurated in Athens in 1896, the founders thought them a display of manly virtue, an athletic celebration of the kind of amateur gentleman that would rule the world. How was such a ritual invented? Why did it prosper and how has it been so utterly transformed?
In The Games, David Goldblatt – winner of the 2015 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award – takes on a breathtakingly ambitious search for the answers and brilliantly unravels the complex strands of this history
image: The Games: A Global History of the Olympics – David Goldblatt