9 Books About the History and the Hurdles of the Olympics Games

The Olympic Games have roots in a religious festival. Since their revival, they’ve become a platform for political statements and corporate byplay. 

olympics books
A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics

A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics

By Neil Faulkner

Hitler's Olympics

Hitler's Olympics

By Anton Rippon

Brazil's Dance with the Devil

Brazil's Dance with the Devil

By Dave Zirin

Triumph

Triumph

By Jeremy Schaap

The Olympics

The Olympics

By Stephen Halliday

fire on the track

Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women

By Roseanne Montillo

power games

Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics

By Jules Boykoff

rome 1960

Rome 1960

By David Maraniss

the games

The Games

By David Goldblatt