Have one to sell?
Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games Paperback – 7 Jan 2008
See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
|New from||Used from|
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
The shiny rings of the Olympic Games have grown tarnished over the years as doping, corruption and other scandals rise to the surface. Those scandals are the tip of the iceberg, according to author Christopher Shaw, the lead spokesperson for several anti-Games groups. This book details the history of how Vancouver won the bid for the 2010 Games, who was involved, and what the real motives were. It describes the role of corporate media in promoting the Games, the machinations of government and business, and the opposition that emerged.Disturbing questions come to light: Why does the IOC pay no taxes? Who are the real estate developers behind the Vancouver bid? Why are mega projects paid for with tax dollars? What are the true costs of the Games? The Olympic Games, once considered the pinnacle of athleticism and fair play, have become a cesspool of greed, backroom deals and the wholesale trampling of civil liberties. In Vancouver, preparations for the 2010 Games have had a substantial negative impact on the environment and has resulted in the "economic cleansing" of the poor and homeless.This book is a cautionary tale for future Olympic bid cities, and will appeal to those concerned about the effects of globalization on many aspects of life.
About the Author
Christopher Shaw is an ophthalmology professor at University of British Columbia. He is former media chair of the Green Party of B.C., and is a founding member and lead spokesperson for No Games 2010, No Games 2010 Coalition, and 2010 Watch.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
30 July 2011
Much of what is written in this book, especially about "resistance", resonates with my experience so far of what is being done in London in the name of the "Olympic ideals". It should be required reading for all politicians thinking of bidding to host the next Olympics, before - and not after - deciding to risk bankrupting the country. For instance, in London, a year ago the cost of preparing the venue for the 2012 equestrian events was said to be £42 million; it is now reported to be £60 million and counting (a year still to go); and there will be absolutely nil legacy for the UK equestrian sport, just at the time when the UK's competitors - France, Germany, the US - are upgrading their national facilities.