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The Games by The Times: Great Britain's Finest Sporting Hour [Kindle Edition]

The Times
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A glorious, fully illustrated celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games, with expert analysis and comment from The Times’ cast of sporting experts and brought to life with sumptuous, award-winning photographs

The London 2012 Olympic Games are one of the great success stories not just in British sport but beyond that. An unprecedented number of golds won by Team GB, countless magical moments that had the nation on the edge of their seats waving flags and cheering on Britain’s finest, and a mood of national pride all went towards making it a unique moment in British history.
In this sumptuous, fully illustrated tribute to the Games, The Times have brought together their cast of sports experts and award-winning photos to re-live the Games and celebrate everything they achieved.
This is a souvenir of a treasured moment in British sporting history that allows fans to relive that incredible fortnight, page by page and medal by medal.


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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By possessed.by.a.lemon TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What if you were to judge this book by its cover? Few could have any complaints with the shiny gold finish, smart layout or choice of cover stars. Proper coffee table stuff. BUT you could be put off by the title. "The Games", no mention of what Games, no licence to do so. No utterance of "Olympics" or "London 2012" found in the back text either and no sight of the Olympic rings. A minor pity for the publisher, perhaps, but don't be put off as a consumer. As soon as you open it up you're faced with those five rings while 'The London 2012 Olympic Games' proudly begins the opening sentence of the inner dust jacket. Phew, that could have been awkward. From thereon in it's success all the way - in more ways than one.

The Times managed to ride the London zeitgeist like no other paper with its stunning wraparound covers for each day. 'The Games' reflects that dedication with a glorious selection of arty and iconic photographs. The previous London 2012 book I bought (and offered my opinion on) has photos that capture the moment, but these Times photographs capture the essence. Similarly, the write-ups from Times scribes including Matt Dickinson and Owen Slot are simply a class above the competition. It should be noted that they are drawn from the original Times reports. Some have been redrafted, commonly in minor ways, but if you own the original copies of The Times, there'll be little new here beyond the presentation. It also restricts itself to reports on the victories, near misses and hard-luck stories of the athletes, avoiding any of the secondary opinion pieces written in the paper over that famous fortnight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written, superbly photographed 8 Dec. 2012
Format:Hardcover
For me, the outstanding photographs of the games, as captured and printed by The Times every day (including the supplement "cover wraps"), were very much part of the whole experience. The best of those photographs are collected in this book, many in full-page format (although not the cover wraps - they are collected together as smaller images). They are often beautiful, artistic images, much more than just simple snapshots recording the events. The photographs are accompanied by text written and printed as the games were happening. This combination is very effective at transporting the reader back to those glorious days of the summer of 2012. The chronological format and short, newspaper-column writing also make the book very easy to dip in to. The emphasis is on the achievements of the British athletes, although other performances are not overlooked. Whilst perhaps not as comprehensive as the "official" book of the games, I've found The Times book to be more enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class narrative and photography. 18 Nov. 2012
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The Times sports writers are justly renowned for their knowledge and narrative skills.
The photography captured the whole ethos and spirit of the Games.
Bravo!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but could have been better 22 Nov. 2012
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I wanted a good record of the amazing 2012 Olympics. As a Times reader I was already familiar with much of the content from the excellent daily reporting and the photography is good. But there were a few niggles. It has something of the mark of a rushed job - just the daily news stitched together in a book. I would have looked for some over-arching assessments of the games, the preparations and the aftermath, written from the perspective of a few weeks later. And, it may seem a small point, but just referring to each day as 'Day 1' etc does nothing to set the momentous events in a true calendar. For example, I will always recall Super Saturday as being Saturday 4 August 2012, not simply Day 8 (or 9) if you go by the BBC DVD. In years to come I think this is important.
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By Max
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To anyone of any nationality who was thrilled by the Olympics 2012 this is a gem of a souvenir which covers all the events and the results on a day by day basis. Of all the published memorabilia of the games this is probably the most compact, reasonably priced and useful, providing a complete reference work in a handy (softback) format to look up the results in future years, A pity that all the results of Jessica Ennis's 7 Heptathlon individual events were not listed, but this does not detract from a well compiled and handy reference work
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Games by The Times 29 Jan. 2013
Format:Hardcover
Relives the London 2012 olympics as reported by The times originally. Each day of the olympics gets its own section. The focus is on Team GB medallists. Plenty of daily info. about Team GB results. The photos focus on the participants - my main complaint is that the photos fail to give much of a sense of venue. Crowd / action / venue photos are relatively scarce - pictures of stationery medallists more commonplace. The overall feel is a celebration of Team GB rather than the fact that it was hosted in London.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 23 Jan. 2013
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I expected a review of the Games and all that surrounded them but this is mainly a rehash of articles published by the Times during the Games and so isn't very comprehensive. I shan't be keeping this as a souvenir of London 2012.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide to the games! 19 Jun. 2013
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Bought for father in law for Christmas - an avid athletic and other sports follower. This book was on offer in the Amazon deals, so was a fraction of the original RRP. Father in law really pleased.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pleased with purchase, prompt delivery
Published 5 months ago by LS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a present
Published 12 months ago by pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this book was for my 11 year old son who loves the olympics,this was perfect for his collection on london 2012
Published 20 months ago by david hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories!
As a Yank who attended the Olympics, it was a wonderful way to relive some of the great moments as the Games transpired.
Published 23 months ago by Rick Carberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as described
Item was bought as a present for Christmas and was ordered quite last minute. Arrived very quickly and we were not disappointed. Good price for exactly what we wanted.
Published 24 months ago by Mrs Linda Staines
1.0 out of 5 stars Not sure where it is
Still awaiting for its arrival. Was due to be last Saturday and now Tuesday morning. Hope it comes today. Fingers crossed
Published on 2 July 2013 by Rebecca Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympic Memories
Excellent price and a great summary of those magical 3 weeks in the summer of 2012. This book will provide a reference point for many years to come.
Published on 11 April 2013 by Irons4Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record
A great book that gives inside stories and great photographs as a keepsake to remember such a brilliant event in 2012
Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by gill soulsby
1.0 out of 5 stars DELIVERED DAMAGED TWICE DUE TO UNSUITABLE PACKAGING
I ordered this book, the Architecture of London 2012 and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games official commemorative book. They ALL arrived damaged. Read more
Published on 10 Feb. 2013 by Mr Nigel J McTear
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
As you would expect from the Times , this is a well produced book and a good momento of a once in a lifetime event
Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by David
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