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"This is an exhaustively researched and richly detailed examination of how the IOC decided to go for the gold by marketing the Olympic Games and its identifying marks and symbols...A must-read for anyone interested in the nature of the modern Olympic movement."—Larry R. Gerlach, University of Utah




"The most comprehensive account of modern Olympism to date. As the Olympic saga evolves, historians will look back to Selling the Five Rings as the most authoritative account of the Olympic Games' formative first century."—Sport History Review


"A must read for anyone interested in the changing face of the Olympic movement or competitive sports in general, a beautifully written book."—CHOICE

"An important history, and an important contribution to understanding the modern leviathan of sports."—Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Robert Barney is professor emeritus and founding director emeritus of the International Center for Olympic Studies, School of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Wenn is associate professor and chair of kinesiology and physical education at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Scott Martyn is associate professor human kinetics at the University of Windsor.


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Good book! Aug. 31 2012
By Marc R - Published on Amazon.com
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Well researched and explains how the Olympics became such a moneyfest.

And, you don't have to be a high finance genius.
Well researched and written. The authours had huge amounts ... April 24 2015
By Dwight Harry Zakus - Published on Amazon.com
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Well researched and written. The authours had huge amounts of data to coalesce into a key aspect of this organisation.