On August 8th the Summer Olympics of 2008 will commence in Beijing, China. It is an event trumpeted around the world, heavy with both athletic and political consequences. For months in the United States it has been heralded by television networks who are preparing with a zeal that normally accompanies nations going into battle. We will be inundated with full coverage once the games begin.
It is difficult to pinpoint with certainty when our obsession with the Olympics began. ROME 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World, by David Maraniss, suggests by