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The Complete Book of the Olympics Paperback – 1 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 2008 Ed edition (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845133307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845133306
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 5.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 841,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perhaps the most indispensable book about the Games." "--The Wall Street Journal"

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David Wallechinsky was introduced to the Olympics when his father, the novelist Irving Wallace, took him to the 1960 Games in Rome. He has since produced seven editions of this book plus four editions of its companion volume, The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics, latterly in collaboration with his nephew, Jaime Loucky, together with many other reference books.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip W. Newstead on 25 May 2012
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In my view this is without doubt this is the greatest book on the Olympic Games ever written, packed with antidotes about the competitors and ever result for all the events of every summer Olympics since 1896. It's a book that you can just browse at random, just open at any page and there will be interesting facts about a sport you may, or may not, have ever taken an interest in. I got my first copy in 2000 in time for the Sydney Olympics and having updated it by hand over the last three games decided it was time for the latest version ready for London 2012 and was not disappointed. This book will be essential reading for us `armchair' experts over the coming months. Brilliant!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben Nicholson on 16 May 2012
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In sort it's a who won what at the nodern olympics since it started in 1896. It shows you all the medal winners and usually all the finalists / top 4 finishers and if it can the finishing time or score. It doesn't just do the main events or even just the ones at the current olympics it gives every single sport and disipline in that sport including the discontuned sports and events. The book gives a bit of information on the history of the sport in the olympics and tries to comment on every medal event (but doesn't always happen).
Also included in the book is a Table off which country has won most medals overall and at each games. As well as a rundown on each games including the 1906 games thats not an official games.
It's a well put together and is very complete. So if you are into your sports refernce books then this a must buy. If you want to know what happened at any of the olympic gamed then this is well worth getting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Boris on 12 May 2012
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Sheer brilliance, packed full of facts about the Olympics, but filled with juicy anecdotes to portray the human side of the Olympics and how times have changed over the years. No sporting bookshelf should be without it - it is the bible of the Olympics.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Gilbert on 22 May 2004
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For many years David Wallechinsky has produced his quadrennial publication in the months prior to each summer Olympic Games. For anybody seriously interested in the Games it is quite simply invaluable. The 2004 edition - more than 200 pages longer than the 2000 version - contains comprehensive results for every summer Olympic final since 1896, including discontinued events, medal tables for each Games, and tables of Olympic trivia (most medals, oldest and youngest medallists etc). As if this wasn't enough, there is also a brief history of the Games (ancient and modern), articles about issues facing the Games (e.g. drugs and corruption) and, perhaps most interestingly of all, scores of fascinating anecdotes about Olympic competitors and controversies at the Games. Do you know which American swimmer was wined and dined by the Nazis after being expelled from her team for bad behaviour? Or which woman has won 18 Olympic medals? Mr Wallechinsky tells their stories and many, many, many more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lionel C. F. Blackman on 1 Dec. 2012
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The quality of the material is as good as previous editions I have.
The title '2012 Edition' is, however, is seriously misleading. It should have been made clear that coverage stops at the 2008 Games.
The front cover does say in smallish print, ' ... from 116 years of Olympic History....since 1896', but that fact cannot be known from e.g. an internet list of books.
(Admittedly, the chance of every 2012 event having been described and printed by the time I purchased the book in early October is highly remote - unless one believes in fairies!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Biddlecombe VINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2012
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All the facts you could reasonably expect are there, but so are many stories about the champions and some of the also-rans. I get a new copy every 2 or 3 Olympics and would put this right at the top of a list of books that anyone interested in sport should have.
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As a keen athletics fan I have purchased the last three editions of this book.
I remember the 1948 olympics and two runners in those games made me take an active part in athletics when I reached my teens
The first was McDonald Bailey - a 100 m runner who won a bronze in the 52 Olympica but was 6th in 48
The other was Arthur Wint -a 400m runner who won a gold in 48 but was 5th in 52.
The 52 Olympics was memorable for me because Emil Zatopek did something no athlete in the world has done since
Winning gold in the 5000m, the 10,000m and the marathon,
No GB athlete has won a GOLD for fencing with one exception That was the Melbourne 56 games when Gillian Sheen won gold in Womens foil.
This book brings these memories back to life for me and will do so for any individual who has a passion for athletics.At the same time it is an historical document of the development of the Olympics games and a history of sports or events which are no longer included in the modern games,
As I stated at the outset I have purchased the last 3 editions of this book having come across it by accident when perusing
Amazons book list several years ago and I have fallen into the habit of searching for it every thirdyear following on from an Olympics.
The authors DAVID WALLECHINSKY and JAIME LOUCKY have spent an inordinate amounted of time to check and recheck the individual results and to ascertain as and when disqualifications have taken place in the light of evidence being provided after the games have finished
It might be considered a massive tome but one worth every penny for the detailed information laid down in it . Go and have a look at a copy I feel sure once seen immediately purchased
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