An incisive examination of the corporate greed, public sector failings and squelching of human rights that accompany mega-sized sports events, in particular the Olympics and the World Cup. As riveting as all of Zirin’s volumes, this exposé should challenge not only sports fans but all who care about the problem of the sports industry being used to advance frameworks of oppression.
From the publisher: “As the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games approach, ordinary Brazilians are holding the country's biggest protest marches in decades. Sports journalist Dave Zirin traveled to Brazil to find out why. In a rollicking read that travels from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the fabled Maracanã Stadium Zirin examines how athletic mega-events turn into neoliberal Trojan horses.”