In the volume that covers the 1984 Games, the somewhat more serious issue of commercialism in the Olympics is addressed: Was Peter Ueberroth, head of the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee, "the capitalist demon who sold out the Olympics or the pragmatic angel who saved them?" The Games' net profit of $222.7 million seems to leave the question still open for debate.
Obviously, The Olympic Century will not unfold in chronological order; the next scheduled volume covers the Hitler Games and the 1948 postwar revival of the Winter Games. The last volume in the series, covering the Atlanta Games, will appear sometime next year. Each of these books may be purchased by mail for $18.95 (plus shipping). Write to the 1st Century Project, Back Bay Station, P.O. Box 350-G, Boston, MA 02117-9733, or call 800-451-8030.