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London 2012 Olympic Games: The Greatest Show on Earth: An official day-by-day photographic celebration [Paperback]

Jon Mattos
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13 Sep 2012
The London 2012 Olympic Games was the biggest sporting event ever to be staged in Great Britain. The Greatest Show on Earth relives every important moment from every day of the London 2012 Olympic Games, from the Opening Ceremony on Friday 27 July to the Closing Ceremony on Sunday 12 August, recording the joy and exultation of the Olympic gold medallists as well sympathetically remembering some of the hard-luck stories. The book is structured in such a way that each day's activities are covered, the great stories, outstanding achievements and heroic efforts, and all are brought to life by stunning action photographs. To conclude each day, there are potted highlights and, sport by sport, a list of all the medals awarded. For every sports fan, The Greatest Show on Earth will be the perfect keepsake from a fantastic summer.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847329330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847329332
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A magnificent memento of the XXX Olympiad --Good Book Guide

About the Author

Jon Mattos is a chief writer with Press Association Sport, the Host National Agency for the London 2012 Olympic Games and one of the world s leading national news agencies. PA Sport will have journalists covering every session of each sport at the London 2012 Olympic Games and London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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As a paperback at a relatively low cost (it's kind of like a high quality bookazine) this was never likely to be a book for connoisseurs or the hipster's coffee table. It seems best suited to younger enthusiasts, but not necessarily exclusively so. There will be future tomes that dig deeper into every aspect of what made London 2012 an unforgettable time for us Brits. The other forthcoming official publication already looks certain to be among those: London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games : The Official Commemorative Book : An Official London 2012 Games Publication.

What this one does is focus solely on chronicling the sporting events on a day to day basis. That's part of the title's remit, of course, and it's entirely successful in that respect. On top of the writes-ups for each day is a complete index to every medal winner. The layout can be appreciated by all ages and in years to come. As memories begin to fade, it will be a guide worth having around and looking back on. Naturally Team GB is given star billing but the rest of the world is not forgotten. The likes of Korean weightlifters and American beach volleyballers (female beach volleyballers, if you must know) get full page photos accompanying their achievements.

Fans of photography books will be served less well. It's certainly not lacking in shots and all the big names are there but some of the most iconic images, already part of London 2012's folklore, are missing. There's no Bradley Wiggins sitting on his throne, no Mo doing the Mobot (although there is one of Bolt doing it beside him) and no Victoria Pendleton doing the heart shape hands gesture on the podium.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Keepsake 10 Sep 2012
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Well I haven't properly looked through the book yet, I've only flicked through, but from what I've seen the photos are absolutely fantastic, and are the memorable moments we've seen on TV countless times over since the games ended. The book doesn't take too long in analysing each section of the games, the opening and intro pages only taking up about 8 pages, before delving into all the action from each day of sport. At the back of the book you have the complete records of the 2012 games, and all the times and stats you could possibly need, along with the obligatory medals table.

It's a very sturdy book, solid, nice and glossy, and the production values are very high too. As a piece of history/keepsake, it's very good, but I feel the other official Olympics book is the real collectors edition here. Think of this as the spin off book. It's the perfect definition of a coffee table book, leave it lying around at Xmas and you'll see it being passed around more than a box of chocolates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 12 Sep 2012
By afkat79
Really loved this book - just looking at the fantastic photos brought back all the memories of what really was the greatest show on earth. Some really great photos, great day by day summary, and at the back, a summary of the medalists in each event and full final medal table included too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great picture book 25 Nov 2012
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This was just what I wanted as buying for a non reader who enjoyed following the olympics on tv. Could have had more of the iconic images from the games ie Bolt and Mo doing their victory poses.However on the whole it fitted the bill nicely and some of the photographs are spectacular!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read - lots of great facts. 14 Feb 2014
By Tim
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the dvd's , good memory . 13 Jan 2014
By steve
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Not read it all yet , but like the dvd's a great reminder of a truly great Olympics , all our athlete's did the country PROUD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 10 Dec 2013
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this book was for my 11 year old son who loves the olympics,this was perfect for his collection on london 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab! 10 Nov 2013
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This is guarenteed to being back the glory days of the the 2012 London Olympics. Relax and wallow in everything that was GREAT Britain!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary
This book summarises the main events of the 2012 olympics very well as a day by day diary. also includes a section on athe various medal winners and has good images throughout.
Published 9 months ago by Jaguar enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Good present.
This is a very good present for all people who could not attend London Olympic games with lot of pictures.
Published 9 months ago by Lauris Zumbergs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good memories of 2012
One of many commemorative books from last summer's little sporting event, good pictures of many different events from London 2012
Published 11 months ago by Anthony Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of History
Cannot give it enough praise .......

Will always be kept to remember a good week-end at the Games and the success it had
Published 11 months ago by B. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memento
Great gift & memento for future reference. So good to be able to look back through so many pictures & stories.
Published 13 months ago by Clarey
4.0 out of 5 stars The best, most concise record of the games in handy format
This is a gem of a record of the Games and the results. Not too cumbersome, not too wordy, this day by day record of the events provides all the essentials in a handy format. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Max
4.0 out of 5 stars Good gift
Gave this as a gift to a child who is not too young and not too old for a little bit of encouragement to do some sports. Hope it works.
Published 13 months ago by R.
3.0 out of 5 stars was a gift
didnt read it as it was a gift for a friend for a special birthday present so cant say more on this
Published 14 months ago by gloria turner
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant keepsake
The London 2012 Olympic Games was an exceptional achievment for this country. It made me feel proud to be British. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sue
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