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How to Watch the Olympics: Scores and laws, heroes and zeros - an instant initiation to every sport [Paperback]

David Goldblatt , Johnny Acton
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1 May 2012
The Olympics is the world's biggest sporting event - and it moves centre stage for London 2012. Yet the sports the world is familiar with - football, cricket, rugby, baseball, motor sports - are either missing or have a token presence. In their place are games that most of us have not a clue how to play or to watch. Which is where this witty, insightful book comes into play, offering the back story behind each Olympics sport and, by means of fiendishly clever diagrams and prose, explaining the rules and finer points. Once you've read David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton's accounts, you'll be on tenterhooks to see whether the Danish or the Koreans triumph at handball, just what the Italian fencers are up to, and if Greco-Roman wrestling really is like a game of chess.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846684765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846684760
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The perfect event-by-event primer for sport's biggest occasion (Independent)

Those planning Olympic spectatorship in 2012 will not find a better vade mecum than How to Watch the Olympics, David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton's crisply informative guide to all 29 sports in next summer's games (Observer Sports Books of the Year)

A handy and witty guide to the finer points of competition (Independent on Sunday Sports Books of the Year)

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The games are finally here! This is the one book on the Olympics you really do need

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Joe
Format:Paperback
Goldblatt and Acton deliver a performance of greater poise even than the 1912 Swedish Ladies gymnasts (p. 175) in balancing top pub facts, politics, history and technique on sports familiar and forgotten. By turns informative, funny and surprising this book will entirely change the way I watch the olympics. My grandfather was the coach of a West Indies badminton olympic team sometime in the '60s so I turned to those pages first. Turns out a shuttlecock can be served at 260kmh - faster than a tennis ball, and that a Badminton trick shot artist held the stage at the London Palladium for a 38 week run in the 30s. There is so much we should all know about sport. This is where to find it. BTW this was the favourite Christmas present for no. 3 son this year, but is passed around the family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of interesting stuff 12 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover
A book full of interesting stuff about the Olympics. The book goes through all the sports and tells you what to look out for and gives you a brief history of the events. Great for the sports expert and novice
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a brilliant book. I don't know which bit to praise most! Its really funny (I defy you not to laugh at the story of Hugh Forgie, the great badminton star of the 1930s - apparently including badminton on ice and two Hollywood movies 'Flying Feathers' 'ValleyOops!' which I now desperately want to see). Its clever - its central argument that, given the intensity applied to every Olympic sport, they are all worth watching if you understand them is true, (I've been persuaded to watch rowing, a sport I have had no interest in after Goldblatt and Acton explained that the race is designed to drain every last once of energy from the rowers so that ' if they time it correctly the Final stroke of the race is the last they are able to pull', that makes it compelling doesn't it? And its also just plain informative - I know understand handball and get why Judo is taken so seriously. Trust me, this summer, if you read this book, you will have a different perspective on the games to everyone else and I guarantee you will be quoting it at length.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 25 Sep 2012
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This book is a great read and not only was it good for the Olympics, it will help those who will now follow sporting events since London 2012. Plenty of "I didn't know that".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Olympic boffins 4 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback
A really factual, yet fun and lighthearted review of all the Olymic sports; I really enjoyed it and will be refering back to it during the Olympics (infront of the telly!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a winner! 18 May 2012
By LizM
Format:Paperback
To be honest I'm not a big fan of sport but it's hard not to get drawn in to the huge whirlwind of the Olympics, so every four years I find I'm watching on TV (often perplexed) some sporting activity in The Greatest Show on Earth and wishing I could make a bit more sense of it.

Fortunately, the best possible book to accompany armchair participation has come to my assistance and is highly recommended to anyone who's in the same condition of ignorance as I am! 'How to Watch the Olympics' not only explains the business end of the sporting action - with helpful diagrams - but provides some excellent context for each game, giving the history, notable moments and top winners, all conveyed with an underlying sense of the authors' passions and wonderfully wry humour.

Get a copy now so you can swot up on fascinating facts in advance and impress your friends as you watch the Games together, or just enjoy giggling with each other at the book's photo captions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative and Amusingly written 13 Jan 2014
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The history of the Olympics and detail on each sport - including some which have been dropped - an easy, interesting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful guide 19 Feb 2013
By Brian M
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This booklet was most useful in explaining the rules for all of the events, especially for the sports that we were not familiar with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WINNER!!
An excellent book for sporty and non sporty people alike. An easy to read and follow book giving lots of essential information about all the Olympic sports whether at the event or... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2012 by Eliz
5.0 out of 5 stars A title that says it all...
I don't think many of us could profess to being experts on each and every Olympic sport's rules, origins, tactics and key contenders. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2012 by Mr. Adam Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Olympic fever
I bought this as a gift for someone who is a sports fanatic. I glanced through it before giving it to him, and it looks extremely comprehensive. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2012 by R. Sara Mairi
5.0 out of 5 stars covers everything
I got this book for my son (9), I am enjoying it also as its an easy read book that is packed with info about every sport and who should win and world records. Read more
Published on 12 July 2012 by T-HILL75
4.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of interest
As the author of Who is the Greatest Sportsman of the Modern Era? I was keen to find out more about the events that will be taking place this summer. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2012 by Frank Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Olympics reading!
Never again will you find yourself sitting in ignorance when watching the Olympics. Armed with humorous anecdotes and essential historical background for each event, this book... Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by Harry Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Loved it and learned alot reading it. It's packed full of information, written with passion and insight, with great photos and some endearing cartoons too. Read more
Published on 20 May 2012 by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Olympic Guide!!!
If you want to read one book to figure out the Olympics, this is the book. Incredibly entertaining, it helped me understand what the rules and goals of each ever net are. Read more
Published on 20 May 2012 by Robo Reader
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