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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd; Original edition (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847329241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847329240
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Less breezy and irreverent in style, The London 2012 Games Official Book is the pick of the other guides, providing a day-by-day schedule, comprehensive venue details and event previews in large, full-colour format --Independent

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Press Association Sport is part of the Press Association, the UK's leading national news agency. It has a dedicated team of sports journalists reporting on almost every major sporting event in Britain, and will have journalists covering the entire London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NL1234 on 29 July 2012
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The official Olympic book goes through every single sport in the Olympic games in high detail. It is a wonderful way to remember the games and the book might even be worth something in the future. The foreword by Sebastian koe is also good to read. If you are interested in sport and particularly the Olympics then this is a must have.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 May 2012
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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.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on 11 April 2012
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I'm delighted with this book. It is exactly right for a taster of the Olympics, it has whetted my appetite even more and I can barely wait for the games to begin. It's golden, it's colourful and cheery inside, the photos are excellent,there is just enough information contained to make you want to watch the lot and find out more, I love it and I know you will too. It makes me hope for a post-olympic book, I am on tenterhooks. Go on, buy one, you will love it too.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 May 2012
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My children (age 6 and 8) both love this guidebook. Gives a reasonable amount of facts about each sport and some general info about the 2012 Olympics. All in all a good guidebook to the Olympics.

My advice is buy this one not the "Countdown" book because the "Countdown" one has few actual facts about each sport and I found it very disappointing.
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A very nicely produced and informative publication. Not only did it give background info about different disciples but in each case also mentioned some of the most prominent athletes taking part in the games. The statistics of the all time medalists was also very interesting as it demonstrates how much more difficult it is for track and field athletes to amass medals compared e.g. with swimmers, gymnasts or cyclists.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Wakefield on 9 May 2012
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This is a good book for dipping in and out on the Olympics. There's a simple section on the venues, a comprehensive events section and a stats section (which is more interesting than you'd think!).

The simple venue section has pictures and descriptions of each venue (including those outside of London) and really gives a good image of what to expect in a few months.

It's the events section that's the, ahem, winner here. It gives you an explanation of the sport (helpful for the lesser known ones) and detail of past winners and ones to watch. There is historical detail and 'ones to watch'. I certainly know more now about wrestling and the modern pentathlon.

Sadly for me, I really enjoyed the statistics of the medal tables - more interesting than I expected (Germany vs. East Germany vs. West Germany, anyone? No? Oh well).

Anyway, I've not finished reading it and as my title says, it's perfect for the coffee table.
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By A. Scott on 24 Jan. 2013
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This book was published before the games started. So it's pictures of Beijing and Athens to illustrate.
After buying this I decided not to buy anything else until after games were over. That way it would have pictures of London 2012 in it.
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this - mainly because I was there, both in the Opening Ceremony and then doing IT at Horse guards Parade.

Loved reading about all the events, people and locations.

Well done one and all.
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