Jules Boykoff: Power Games

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In Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics (Verso), one-time U.S. Olympic team member (in soccer) Jules Boykoff has written a timely and critical - as well as political - history of the modern Olympic Games.

“A great irony is that the modern Olympics, first envisioned as an alternative to war, have themselves become a form of low-intensity warfare. As Jules Boykoff chronicles in this pathbreaking history, host cities have used the Games to leverage urban renewal, neighborhood demolition, and mass population displacement. The preparations for the Rio Olympics have gone one step further and become a literal urban counterinsurgency, as elite police units occupy and ‘cleanse’ one favela after another.”– Mike Davis

"Jules Boykoff tells an Olympic history that simply hasn't been told. If we are going to have a more just future, we need to have an honest accounting of the past. Thank you Jules, for setting it straight and being right on time.” – Dr. John Carlos
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