Looking for a way to get your head in the games this Olympic season? Then get your head in a book! With the Games officially underway, these titles from Oxford University Press will give you some targeted information on everything from Olympic origins and ancient competition to modern drug-enhancement and Olympic branding. These relevant titles are sure to heighten your Olympic experience. Books can be purchased on www.oup.com/us.
The Victor’s Crown: A History of Ancient Sport from Homer to Byzantium
By David Potter
From the Roman Coliseum and the Circus Maximus to the early Byzantine periods, Potter recreates the reverence and passion of sport in ancient times.
The Ancient Olympics
By Nigel Spivey
In this exploration of the Olympics in ancient Greece, Spivey accounts for the bitter rivalries, the training and competition, the bribery and the prizes, and how our current conceptions of the Games are influenced by their origin.
Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat: The Science Behind Drugs in Sport
By Chris Cooper
A top biochemist, Cooper surveys the performance-enhancing drugs that are out there and argues that while athletes will always find ways to cheat testing, that does not mean that surrendering will lead to a better sport.
The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation
By Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman
Even the Olympic brand can be faked. At least, that’s what this account of knockoff brands says through its tour of the underbelly of the American economy. With the absence of intellectual property and copyrights, Raustiala and Sprigman show that companies are encouraged to innovate and thrive.