Sukhdev Sandhu on The Art of Dissent in the Guardian:
“A monument to dissent” is what its editors call this timely, handsomely produced rejoinder to the state-sponsored hoopla over the London Olympics. It’s a collection of critical and visual essays by architects, sociologists, film-makers and community activists that chronicle, in sadness as much as in anger, the democratic deficits that enabled this “scam of scams” (as Iain Sinclair, one of the contributors, calls it) to be railroaded through. Some of the raspberry-blowers are well known, but it’s those displaced by developers and Olympic Delivery Authority henchmen – boaters, allotment gardeners, working-class Londoners, Romani men and women – whose presence most haunts each page. The government’s 2002 “Game Plan” report, quoted by one essayist, declared that the Olympics “appear to be more about celebration than economic returns.” It’s valuable to be reminded of this troubling if plausible assessment. The Art of Dissent deserves a gold medal for its incisive, guileful, eloquent truculence.