When this book and the re-release ("The New Lords fo the Rings") was published, the IOC and its supporters were quick to condemn the authors' allegations of corruption within the IOC. With the recent events involving bribery and the Utah Games, it seems the authors have been vindicated. The book is an excellent read and deals with many facets of the IOC.
I read the book by V.Simson and A.Jennings with professional interest, because I am a teacher of the Olympic History in the Kuban State Academy of Physical Education. It is hard to characterize it from one point of view. On my opinion, the book describes the "revers" side of the Olympic Movement and what is very important for readers and especially for researches. Now it is possible to compare the traditional concept of the Olympic Movement (D.Miller, R.MacAloon, N.Müller, J.Lucas, O.Shantz, K.Lennartz and others) with the new facts and data, sometimes very controversal. I can't agree with authors in several items, but the whole book gives us a result of hard work. That's why I recommend my students and now all readers to take this book and to read carefully in order to form their own position about the Olympic Movement and it's future.
This is an expose of the politics behind the IOC. It's disgusting. For those of us who like the quadrennial competitions, this book puts everything in proper perspective. Putting people like Avery Brundidge and Juan Antonio Samaranch in charge of this was simply wrong. Sports could be so much better with their likes in charge.
The Lords of the Rings has long been a must-read for both critics and fans of the Olympic Movement. It's ironic in that the book now seems almost dated in its naivete. I know that these guys pulled together the whole Samaranch/Franco/Fascist connection, and, yes, the Club is pretty odious. However, prior to both Sarajevo and LA in 1984, The Games were on a real downhill slide. Samaranch is no saint, but he did show some real leadership (and perhaps some hypocrisy). But a room full of journalists sure as hell couldn't have done any better.