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Getting into Guinness: One man's longest, fastest, highest journey inside the world's most famous record book Hardcover – 6 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; first edition, edition (6 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007261292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007261291
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,448,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A funny and revealing look at the reference classic of everyone's childhood. I read it straight through in exactly 5 hours and 21 minutes, with hourly rest breaks. While balancing a milk bottle on my head. And riding a unicycle.' Ken Jennings, author of Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs

'Larry Olmsted is a gifted storyteller who captures the heart and soul of the wonderful, wacky world of Guinness records. As a two-time record holder himself, he paints a vivid and hilarious picture of the silliness and absurdity of the global quest for fame. Brimming with unforgettable characters and delicious stories, you'll want to devour this book as fast as record holder Tom Waes can consume an entire pizza…19.91 seconds!' Ben Sherwood, author of The Man Who Ate the 747

'Getting into Guinness is a full-throttle joyride through the bizarre world behind the records. These people are delightfully misguided, and Olmsted is one of them. But his obsession is his greatest advantage as a storyteller: he goes off the deep end and takes us with him.' Michael Roberts, Executive Editor, Outside magazine

'This book records the minute-by-minute physical agony of Olmsted's own feats while setting records of its own-funniest, quirkiest, most interesting and most practical guide to what is arguably the world's best known book, after the Bible. From Olmsted's many astonishing accounts of record seekers there emerges something both touching and profound-the desire of ordinary men and women to escape the humdrum, to show their stuff, to be noticed and remembered.' Tom Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets

About the Author

Writer, editor and book author specializing in travel, golf, lifestyle topics, skiing, food, wine & spirits, poker & gaming, outdoor recreation and participant sports. Published more than 3000 articles, including features and cover stories. Contributor to major publications. Previous books include
“Snowshoeing: A Trailside Guide," Companion book to PBS television series, Trailside. W.W. Norton, October 1997.
"Fairways: America's Greatest Golf Resorts," co-authored coffee table book, Tehabi Books/DK Publishing, Spring 2001.

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Format: Hardcover
I am only halfway through this book but can recommend this book highly already.
Its very interesting, giving you the details of the books birth, how it all started and how it progressed over the many years and grew into the book millions buy every year, its currently the most bought copyrighted book of all time and i cant see that ever being beaten.(The Bible is the most bought book obviously but is not copyrighted)
I cant even remember the last time i actually read or owned a Guinness World Records book so this isn't even for a die hard fan, if you are interested in records and how far people can push themselves or the stranger side of the records then you should read this, I would have bought it just to read the first chapter about a man by the name of Ashrita Furman.
The man is amazing to say the least, I will just tell you about one of his records that literally had my mouth open in amazement, how far could you walk/jog? Now how far do you think you could walk/jog while balancing a pint of milk on your head? I have to rub my neck just thinking about that one, well Ashrita managed to do 80.7 miles while balancing a glass bottle full of milk on his head! I was stunned for a few moments as i read the book, just thinking of how hard that must have been, there are a few other of his records i was wide mouthed after reading ,at the point of this book coming out Ashrita had set or broken 177 world records and the number just continues to grow even at the age of 56.
I would recommend checking out Ashrita's website after reading the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Raven 47 on 29 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a great idea for a book--I cannot believe no one has done this before. The history of the Guinness book is fascinating and eccentric, and Olmsted's own experiences setting records just add to the fun and authenticity. Fun chapters include one on record-setting food and the dark side of record setting, ie life and death scenarios. Honestly, I couldn't put it down. it's fun AND informative, the perfect mix.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Everyone has read the Guinness Book of World Records at some point, but do any of us really get to see what goes on behind the book -- its history, the ever-growing worldwide culture of record mania, and the actual mechanics of setting a record and receiving the Guinness seal of approval? Given the longevity and popularity of the GBWR, you'd think that there would be mountains of companion volumes lighting the way.

Instead, it seems that Larry Olmsted's Getting into Guinness is the first. Olmsted is a journalist -- here in the States I've seen his articles in many magazines -- but also a two time Guinness record holder. This outsider/insider combination lets him approach the subject with a genuine touch. It's like having your own guide through the weird and wacky world of Guinness.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By roy thompson on 5 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sorry I have not read this book!
However, someone must start to do something to balance these so called reviews above that are so obviously from the publishers. Reviews in before the release date are a dead giveaway. I wish Amazon could do something about reviewers who only seem to review books by the same publisher!!
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