Mark Perryman is the author of Ingerland: Travels with a Football Nation and the editor of Breaking up Britain : Four Nations after a Union. He has written for a range of publications, including theGuardian and The Times, and is a regular commentator on the politics of sport for BBC Radio 5, BBC TV News and Sky Sports News. He is a Research Fellow in Sport and Leisure Culture at the University of Brighton and the co-founder of Philosophy Football.
Even as the Summer Olympiad barrels toward the inevitable orgiastic conclusion and the joys of competition remind us why we love these Games, each successive quadrennial mega-event leaves behinds bigger and bigger questions in host cities. OR Books kindly allowed us to run an excerpt from Mark Perryman's short but powerful Why the Olympics Aren't Good for Us, and How They Can Be.