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The Complete Book of the Olympics [Paperback]

David Wallechinsky , Jaime Loucky
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1 April 2012 Complete Book of the Olympics

The Complete Book of the Olympics is just that – the pre-eminent point of reference for sports enthusiasts and journalists alike, and the essential guide to the London games. At 1300 large-format, closely typeset pages, the tome is a prodigious and compendious work of reference. But it is also an amazingly readable book, for in the course of recording every single modern Olympic final at every single Games, it reveals the strange, the memorable, and the frankly unbelievable. Who knew that croquet or tug of war were once Olympic sports, or that a 72-year-old once won a silver medal for target shooting? This new edition is updated to include every final’s result (to the first eight places) for every event at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, as well as a comprehensive preview of the London 2012 games.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 1300 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 2012 Edition edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136956
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.3 x 6.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

'Excellent and exhaustive new book'

(Sport magazine )

‘Anecdote-rich, as well as stats heavy…each edition is always fresh and fascinating’

(Sportsjournalists.co.uk )

'Definitive guide to the past Olympics…there are thousands of interesting stories to read here…if you are interested in the history of the Olympics, then this is the book for you.’

(Olympicsblog.co.uk )

About the Author

David Wallechinsky is a renowned Olympic historian, NBC radio commentator and author of several reference books, including the bestselling The Book of Lists and the People’s Almanac Presents the 20th Century. His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine and Parade, and he has guested on Late Night with David Letterman, Nightline, and PBS’ News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He is the founder editor-in-chief of the political website AllGov.com. Wallechinsky is also the vice-president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and recipient of the Olympic Order of the International Olympic Committee.

Jaime Loucky has worked on several editions of the Complete Book of the Olympics, both Summer and Winter editions. His articles have appeared in a number of magazines and academic journals including the Encyclopaedia of Contemporary American Immigration.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for London 2012 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anoraks and sports fans 12 May 2012
By Boris
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A briiliant reference book 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for anoraks ... 13 Jun 2012
By Peter Biddlecombe TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete book of the Olympics 2 Jun 2012
By panda
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Once again an excellent reference for the Olympics. Each sport easily found. This will replace the 2000 edition which has been well read. We are now all set for the 2012 London Olympics
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 9 Dec 2013
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This was an awesome present for a young man who wants to be an international sports journalist. He's on his way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK OF THE OLYMPICS 8 Sep 2013
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Very good book, best I have seen. The only real disappointment with it is they don't give you the results of the 2012 Olympics, altho they have a picture of usain bolt on the frontcover
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE
This book does not contain the 2012 Olympics. It stops at Beijing. Other than that it is what it says.
Published 1 month ago by gardening L
5.0 out of 5 stars The sports bible
It's a really impressive publication for all your information and stories that can make anyone an expert on the Olympics. A key item in the library of any sports fan.
Published 10 months ago by Rodrigo Huk
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful guide
it was very informative book for the Olympics 2012. It has great in-depth information about the events and I highly recommend it
Published 14 months ago by Hello its me
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE
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... Read more
Published 15 months ago by El Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
An excellent book that has just about everything you need to know about the Summer Olympics. Not only does it contain the essential facts but also the interesting stories behind... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Paul Wellings
5.0 out of 5 stars the complete book of the olympics 2012
I became addicted to the Olympics when watching the 1960 Rome games aged 11. I can really add nothing to what previous reviewers have said, merely to say that I hope we do not have... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Douglas Bateman
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for sports enthusiasts
The Olympics have been and gone. That's no reason to discard this book. Such a great book to have close by, comparing times from previous games with those attained in 2012. Read more
Published 20 months ago by D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympics bible
This book contains absolutely everything you need to know about the Olympics. Every result from every event at every Olympics is covered, it even contains a little description... Read more
Published 20 months ago by andyp
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational reference to the Olympic Games
I first encountered this book for the Athens 2004 version, a book I had from my local library. What a book! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. Adam Jones
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