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4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest show on Earth: How do you like us now, Mitt Romney?
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...
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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
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest show on Earth: How do you like us now, Mitt Romney?, 11 Sep 2012
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This review is from: London 2012 Olympic Games: The Greatest Show on Earth: An official day-by-day photographic celebration (Paperback)
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. Not to mention no Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge or David Beckham seemingly crashing every event or Wenlock the mascot trying to photo-bomb every athlete's lap of honour! And nothing to remind you of the celebrated Games Makers volunteers or the hundreds of thousands who turned up to see the torch on its journey to the capital. Basically, there's a lot of Olympians in the middle of running, jumping, cycling, rowing, swimming, etc. And why not?

The opening and closing ceremonies are covered but, again, so many photogenic scenes that Danny Boyle delivered are saved for another time. The forging of the rings is there but not the best shot available, taking up barely more than a quarter of one page. Also missing is the true poetic imagery of the fortnight like the full moon adding a sixth Olympic ring hanging from Tower Bridge, or the rings reflected in Bradley Wiggins' visor from the road as he homes in on his gold, or, well, Boris Johnson stuck on a zip wire.

'London 2012 Olympic Games: The Greatest Show on Earth: An official day-by-day photographic celebration' is a sporting book that tells a sporting story. There's a far bigger picture to look at, even before we get to thinking about the Paralympics, but that's another book for another day.
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 12 Sep 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary, 1 Nov 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good present., 22 Oct 2013
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This is a very good present for all people who could not attend London Olympic games with lot of pictures.
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