Much of this second IOC éxpose book is based on confidential documents locked away in Lausanne but helpfully copied by a visiting professor when nobody was looking!
The IOC secretly spent money that should have gone on sports development to hire New York spindoctors hoping to win the Nobel Peace Prize for their leader Juan Antonio Samaranch.
When the winter Games went to Lillehammer Norwegians were disgusted to learn of Samaranch's fascist history. Comedian Big Otto Jespersen appeared on TV and begged Norway to stop bullying the old arm-waver (He wasn't serious). The Peace Prize campaign was dropped quietly.
In Sweden, in another archive, were letters complaining about the activities of 'Mr Wandering Hands' and revealing how the IOC covered up this member's sexual harassment of bidding city hostesses. And documents in an archive of the East German Secret police in Berlin revealed that bribes were paid to win gold medals.
Investigations for this book revealed how all the positive tests at the Moscow Olympics were destroyed – allowing Samaranch to boast that it was 'a drug-free Games.' The cover-up didn't stop in Moscow. At least nine positives were suppressed in Los Angeles in 1994. Samaranch then announced that doping was in decline!
And as they inched towards the Salt Lake City cash-for-sex-and-votes scandal Samaranch insisted, 'I trust all the IOC members, I trust them 100 per cent and they are doing a very good job for sport and for the Olympic movement.'
And many more disclosures that the IOC and the sports media have done their best to bury.
As with The Lords of the Rings, this entirely new book is mandatory reading for sports and journalism students. And maybe the occasional sports reporter!