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The 1948 Olympics: How London Rescued the Games Hardcover – 4 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sportsbooks (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899807543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899807543
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... the fascination of this book lies equally in the way it illumines the unknown or half-forgotten. ... richly readable ... (Mike Rowbottom The Independent)

Phillips is a veteran athletics commentator and writer, and demonstrates his deep knowledge of track and field. He has also put in the hours in the newspaper libraries, and his meticulous clerking amounts to a 360-degree view of the Games which will be an invaluable resource for future scholars. He is particularly good on the machinations that led to the selection of a tall, blond and not particularly gifted athlete named John Mark to carry the Olympic torch around Wembley Stadium and light the flame, suggesting - with justification - that the public would have much preferred the weedy but infinitely more talented Sydney Wooderson. (Andrew Baker)

...the unputdownable How London Rescued the Games by the venerable sporting historian Bob Phillips. It is dense in rewarding detail, never more so than in this single, short chapter headed ?The Cost and the Profit?, the organising committee?s closing budget report, published in 1951. (The Spectator)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Rogan on 27 Dec. 2010
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This book was enormously helpful to us as we wrote Britain and the Olympic Games: Past, Present, Legacy. We met so many people on our own journey whose 1948 stories had been treated with care and empathy by Bob Phillips. Grab a copy, sit back, relax and enjoy!
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