This is a nice book; colourful, well laid out and packed with good photos. Sadly it is a book lacking in information; if you don't know much about any particular event your not going to learn much more from this book. Many events have just one page, Judo for example is coverd in just six short paragraphs; three of those covering the history of the sport.
The so called 'Games Schedule' is a joke really. Every athletics event (apart from the marathon and walking events) are bundled together on one line of the schedule. Look down the schedule for any given day and you can see if there is athletics, swimming or track cycling, for instance,taking place that day but that's as detailed as it gets, if you happen to be a fan of the javelin, for example, this book doesn't tell you when it's on. The men's 100m final is probably the most anticipated event of the Olympics; this book doesn't tell you when it is, which is a disgrace, really, for 'The Official Book'. There are dates given for each event on the events own page(s) but they are vague. Take track cycling for example, the book tells us that all the events take place between the 2nd and 7th of August but if you want to know when the sprint final is, you won't find it here.
There are no lists of former medal winners, there is no list of previous host cities. There is so much information missing that should be in this book. When it arrived the packet was so slim that I didn't think it could be this book and I was trying to remember what else I had ordered. I really expected something about three times as thick, unfortunately it is so slim because it lacks content.
As I said earlier, though, it is a nice book. If it had been called "The 2012 Olympic Games, An Outline Sketch" and cost £4 as opposed to "The 2012 Olympic Games, The Official Book" costing £8.44 (thank goodness I din't pay the £12.99 rrp) I would have given it 4 stars, and I'll no doubt enjoy flicking through it, but as it is it's not what I was looking for and not worth the money.