Australian Left Review

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Mike Ticher


The problem with books about the Olympics is that they have to come out in Olympic year. Even Robert Hughes made sure that Barcelona was finished in plenty of time to cash in on the exposure guaranteed every Olympic city by the quadriennial bunfight. One of the many differences between Hughes' book and this expose of the grubbier comers of the Olympic movement seems to have been that he thought of the idea long enough in advance to be able to carry out the exhaustive research necessary. Simson and Jennings, "two of Britain's top investigative journalists", apparently spent six years researching their previous book, but I'd be surprised if they put more than six months into this one. That's a shame, because it's a great story.



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