There are many ways things can go wrong, but when it comes to the story of how Brazil convinced the world it should host the Olympics, everything went horribly awry.
David Goldblatt is the author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics, as well as The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer and Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil Through Soccer. He writes for the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian and has taught the sociology of sport at Bristol University, the International Center for Sports History and Culture, and Pitzer College in Los Angeles.
Tucked away in the vast library of mediocre books about the Olympics are some real gems. Olympic historian David Goldblatt surveys the field and picks the gold.