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The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics: Athens 2004 Edition (Complete Book of the Olympics) Paperback – 15 Jul 2004


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  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: SPORTClassic Books (15 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894963326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894963329
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 5.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,931,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. McKay on 14 April 2006
Format: Paperback
Wow. Having recently finished devouring this paving slab of a book, I can only marvel at David Wallechinsky's tireless research and evident passion for sport. He leaves no stone unturned in providing his readers with essential information from every modern Olympic Games since the first in 1896 - lists of the top eight finishers in each event (no matter how little-known the sport) along with their finishing times, total points, etc; detailed explorations of the darker events in Olympic history, such as the notorious use of drugs in sport;accounts of what happened in every significant Olympic final, from swimming to basketball to softball to modern pentathlon...

Another thing that bowled me over upon reading this amazing book was Wallechinsky's admirably neutral approach to Olympic controversies. As an American writer, he could have been expected to support American athletes who had been victims of hardship at the Olympic Games, but if he believes an athlete was at fault he clearly makes his opinion known. Wallechinsky has won my utmost adimiration not only for his staggering compendium of Olympic facts and figures, but also for his clear willingness to embrace athletes from any country or background and salute them for their achievements.

I was only three years old at the time of the 1992 Barcelona Games, so I dare say I did not watch them on television. Having only witnessed three other Olympics, therefore (Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004), I have now caught up on every other Olympic Games that I missed! As a result, I cannot rate this book highly enough for avid sport lovers like myself.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emerald girl on 4 Jun. 2009
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This book was not the picture-loaded illustrated guide I had wanted but it arrived in good time
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Grab this book if you can 9 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book gives you all the top 8 finishes in Olympic History. Most sources give you the top 3 or some give you the winners only. In Track and Field, they tell you that Bob Hayes won the 100 meters in 10.05 in 1964 in all others they tell you 10.0. Most people don't know that Tokyo used auto-timers for their Track events and you know that Henry Carr won 200m in 20.36, Mike Larrabee 400m in 45.15.
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THE Olympic book to have. 18 Aug. 2004
By Taylor Jernigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After a long search for an Olympic record/history book, I am very glad that I found this one. As another reviewer pointed out, one of the jewels of this book is that it list first through eighth place for all events. And it covers ALL events, including the discontinued ones (tug-of-war, croquet, the swimming obstacle race, etc...). There is also a short background history on a vast majority of the entries which is excellent. I have been extremely happy with this book and I'm relying heavily on it now during the Athens Games. I will definitely buy his next Complete Book of the Winter Olympics.
Very Nice Acquisition 31 Oct. 2008
By Sergio R. Porto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's a very nice acquisition considering the space available. It is true that you can gather much more information on a specific Summer Olympic Games website, but then you would need a volume for each edition of the Games.
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Devastating factual mistake sinks this book to the bottom 24 Aug. 2004
By Homer Rimpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has an unbelievable and remarkable factual mistake which simply should not be allowed to happen. The Swedish World Champion in Wrestling, Mikael Ljungberg, a national hero who is also an Olympic champion is accused of having been doped and disqualified in the past and barred from championships for 2 years!! This blatant LIE is admitted by the sloppy author who is nevertheless facing legal action from the Swedish wrestling community and Mr. Ljungberg himself. Throw it in trash please!
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