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Inside the Olympics: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandals and the Glory of the Games Paperback – March 17, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470838701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470838709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..."an intriguing account of many of the scandals that have despoiled the event... " ("The Times, 16 December 2004) " ... Pound details the bribery, doping, cheating and exploitation involved in the world's most ' golden' business." ("Fitness First Magazine, Autumn 2004) " ... an interesting account of the recent history of IOC... " ("British Runner, October 2004) " ... a good modern history of the Olympics... " ("Business Eye, August 2004) " ... a powerful fascinating read and Pound does not pull his punches... " ("Time Out, 25 August 2004) " Pound digs deep into many controversial events and issues surrounding the Olympics" ("Athletics Weekly, 18 August 2004) " A fascinating, no - holds-barred look at just how the Olympics and their legacy have foundered" ("New Addington Advertiser, 13 August 2004) " ... the ultimate Olympic insider lifts the lid on everything from drug scandals to political wranglings." ("Northern Echo (North), 13 August 2004) " ... a fascinating, no-holds-barred look at just how the Olympics and their legacy have foundered" ("Croydon Advertiser, 13 August 2004) " ... well written... " ("Irish Independent (Dublin), 16 August 2004) " ... his book is entertaining.." ("Aberdeen Press & Journal, 14 August 2004) " ... brings an invigorating candour to a world in which officials have rivalled competitors for wrong doing." ("The Independent (Review), 13 August 2004) " ... brings an invigorating candourto a world in which officials have rivalled competitors for wrongdoing... " ("Independent, 13 August 2004) " ... tells it like it is... a compelling read... " ("Nottingham Evening Post, 7 August 2004) " ... a revealing and fascinating book." ("Leicester Mercury, 3/8/04) " His insider knowledge informs his compelling book..." ("The Economist, 30/7/04)

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"You won't always agree with Dick Pound...but his 'no holds barred' approach to so many major issues will keep you reading all night long."
—Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports and Olympics

"The Olympic Games exist for the benefit of the athletes and not the IOC. Many IOC members still don't get it; however, Dick Pound [a former Olympic swimmer] certainly does. His unique view from inside the Olympic Movement is told in his usual straightforward manner, with his special blend of idelism and cynicism."
—Brian williams, CBC, Veteran Broadcaster and Olympic Host

"The only man who could have written this book has done it with candor and style. A lucid and penetrating look at the five-ringed world, filled with Dick Pound's customary insight, frankness and wit. Inside the Olympics wins gold, silver and bronze."
—John Powers, Boston Globe

"Pound takes us through the Olympic landscape with insight and opinion and on one of the biggest problems we all face: drugs in sport, he has always stood shoulder to shoulder with the good guys."
—Sebastian Coe, OBE, double Olympic Gold 1500-meter champion --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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It felt like my first time all over again.
Greg
The narrative itself deeply penetrates into the confluxated veil of secrecy that surrounds virtually every aspect of these Games.
Eric Shun (Tokyo)
This book just about has to be required reading for anyone interested in the Olympic Games or international sports.
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114 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Eric Shun (Tokyo) on April 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Throughout the text, Mr. Pound has proved himself both a master debater in the face of rather daunting issues regarding the Olympic Games, as well as a cunning linguist with his mastery of prose. The narrative itself deeply penetrates into the confluxated veil of secrecy that surrounds virtually every aspect of these Games. Furthermore, while some authors would pull out of exploring these issues when they become overly sensitive or otherwise uncomfortable, Mr. Pound shows both vigor and stamina in what fulminates in an overall satisfying climax.

Most importantly, however, Mr. Pound has demonstrated that it is more than possible to work as a writer while being apparently entirely devoid the faculties of irony.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Kent Kondo on August 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dick Pound cleverly pokes it's way into the mushy gushy, in a stalking perspective, often surprising at the many positions he takes (innovative yet powerful strokes of excitement is each behind-the-scenes account). This read was a good four inches thick, somewhat on the shorter side, but he uses every inch of it masterfully, carefully, and oft forcefully upon the unsuspecting. Dick Pound surprises everyone, and even you, as he creeps up behind you and delivers a political message you will not (and cannot) forget. It will leave you utterly shaken, and wanting more and more of Dick Pound.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Greg on November 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As an anxious person I tried to tell myself to take it slow while reading this book, but once again I couldn't. I plowed through the pages of this book vigorously and with little restraint and to be perfectly honest it was a bit dry at first. As I continued to thrust through the pages of the story it became juicier and juicier. I knew I had a winner about 30 pages in when I could hardly contain myself. It felt like my first time all over again. It wasn't nearly as long as I expected but it really packed a punch. I can't thank Dick Pound enough for what he gave me, but I can try to do my best job at handing this book off to all fans of the velvety underground of sports.
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