A welcome addition to the recent scholarship on the late Soviet period, Jenifer Parks’ book provides a thoroughly-researched account of the Soviet Sports Bureaucracy and the Olympic Games. . . . Archival research in Moscow, the United States, and Switzerland underpins this rich assessment of Soviet Olympic history. While neither the athletes nor the public reception of the Olympic Games are widely analyzed, this focused study of the middle layer of the Soviet system will find keen readers amongst those interested in Olympic history, international relations, and the late socialist period.