“The best books I’ve read about the Olympics”

Charlie Smith, editor of Vancouver-based alt-weekly Georgia Straight, has compiled a selection of books about the Olympics that “covers the sports, business, politics, and history of the Games.”

One of the books, by Hamilton Spectator columnist Steve Milton, is a history of figure skating. Another is a critique of the Games that Smith says “exposes the secrecy, elitism, hypocrisy, corruption, and lack of accountability of what [the author] calls the ‘Olympic industry.’” He describes his next choice as “business journalism at its best” and highlights the last for “sports junkies and journalists from around the world.”

Read more about Smith’s selections here.