Sep 01, 2008 — The Olympic Games continue to grow as a sporting event, but also as a media spectacle. The Beijing Games this summer set a new standard for glitz and pageantry. Holding the games in China also highlighted the continuing link between politics and sport, drawing new attention to that country's repressive government and its growing power. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss has written a new book about the modern Olympic movement. Maraniss focuses on the summer games held in Rome in 1960, when the world and the world of sport were changing. He spoke about the project with Brian Mann.