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The Complete Book of the Olympics Paperback – 1 Apr 2012

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  • Paperback: 1300 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 2012 Edition edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136956
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.3 x 6.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Excellent and exhaustive new book' Sport magazine 'Anecdote-rich, as well as stats heavy...each edition is always fresh and fascinating' Sportsjournalists.co.uk 'Definitive guide to the past Olympics...there are thousands of interesting stories to read here...if you are interested in the history of the Olympics, then this is the book for you.' Olympicsblog.co.uk

About the Author

David Wallechinsky is a renowned Olympic historian, NBC radio commentator and author of several reference books, including the bestselling The Book of Lists and the People's Almanac Presents the 20th Century. His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine and Parade, and he has guested on Late Night with David Letterman, Nightline, and PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He is the founder editor-in-chief of the political website AllGov.com. Wallechinsky is also the vice-president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and recipient of the Olympic Order of the International Olympic Committee.

Jaime Loucky has worked on several editions of the Complete Book of the Olympics, both Summer and Winter editions. His articles have appeared in a number of magazines and academic journals including the Encyclopaedia of Contemporary American Immigration.


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For many years David Wallechinsky has produced his quadrennial publication in the months prior to each summer Olympic Games. For anybody seriously interested in the Games it is quite simply invaluable. The 2004 edition - more than 200 pages longer than the 2000 version - contains comprehensive results for every summer Olympic final since 1896, including discontinued events, medal tables for each Games, and tables of Olympic trivia (most medals, oldest and youngest medallists etc). As if this wasn't enough, there is also a brief history of the Games (ancient and modern), articles about issues facing the Games (e.g. drugs and corruption) and, perhaps most interestingly of all, scores of fascinating anecdotes about Olympic competitors and controversies at the Games. Do you know which American swimmer was wined and dined by the Nazis after being expelled from her team for bad behaviour? Or which woman has won 18 Olympic medals? Mr Wallechinsky tells their stories and many, many, many more.
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In my view this is without doubt this is the greatest book on the Olympic Games ever written, packed with antidotes about the competitors and ever result for all the events of every summer Olympics since 1896. It's a book that you can just browse at random, just open at any page and there will be interesting facts about a sport you may, or may not, have ever taken an interest in. I got my first copy in 2000 in time for the Sydney Olympics and having updated it by hand over the last three games decided it was time for the latest version ready for London 2012 and was not disappointed. This book will be essential reading for us `armchair' experts over the coming months. Brilliant!
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In sort it's a who won what at the nodern olympics since it started in 1896. It shows you all the medal winners and usually all the finalists / top 4 finishers and if it can the finishing time or score. It doesn't just do the main events or even just the ones at the current olympics it gives every single sport and disipline in that sport including the discontuned sports and events. The book gives a bit of information on the history of the sport in the olympics and tries to comment on every medal event (but doesn't always happen).
Also included in the book is a Table off which country has won most medals overall and at each games. As well as a rundown on each games including the 1906 games thats not an official games.
It's a well put together and is very complete. So if you are into your sports refernce books then this a must buy. If you want to know what happened at any of the olympic gamed then this is well worth getting.
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Sheer brilliance, packed full of facts about the Olympics, but filled with juicy anecdotes to portray the human side of the Olympics and how times have changed over the years. No sporting bookshelf should be without it - it is the bible of the Olympics.
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The quality of the material is as good as previous editions I have.
The title '2012 Edition' is, however, is seriously misleading. It should have been made clear that coverage stops at the 2008 Games.
The front cover does say in smallish print, ' ... from 116 years of Olympic History....since 1896', but that fact cannot be known from e.g. an internet list of books.
(Admittedly, the chance of every 2012 event having been described and printed by the time I purchased the book in early October is highly remote - unless one believes in fairies!)
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If, like me, you love the Olympic Games - I've been suffering withdrawal symptoms since the closing ceremony - this book is a must for you. Not only do you get the top eight finishers in every modern Olympic event from the first Games in 1896 up to Altanta 1996, you get thousands of the stories behind the events. Wallechinsky's tales of the winners - and plenty of the unlucky losers too - from a century of Olympics make fascinating reading. Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, Jesse Owens, Mark Spitz, the all-conquering (chemically enhanced) East German female swimmers of 1976 and 1980, Daley Thompson, Mary Decker's fateful collision with Zola Budd, the disgrace of Ben Johnson - their stories are all told, as are those of unsung athletes who embody the spirit of 'not for the winning but the taking part'. Did you know that croquet, golf and rugby were once Olympic sports? - It's true - read all about it here. The ugly face of Olympic politics gets a thorough examination too - Hitler's attempt to use the 1936 games for propaganda purposes, the Black Power demonstrators of 1968, the boycotts that blighted three successive Games. Wallechinsky tackles all these issues head on, plus the growing problem of drugs and the notorious corruption within the IOC that came to light a couple of years back. If it's about the Olympics, it's in this book.
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As a keen athletics fan I have purchased the last three editions of this book.
I remember the 1948 olympics and two runners in those games made me take an active part in athletics when I reached my teens
The first was McDonald Bailey - a 100 m runner who won a bronze in the 52 Olympica but was 6th in 48
The other was Arthur Wint -a 400m runner who won a gold in 48 but was 5th in 52.
The 52 Olympics was memorable for me because Emil Zatopek did something no athlete in the world has done since
Winning gold in the 5000m, the 10,000m and the marathon,
No GB athlete has won a GOLD for fencing with one exception That was the Melbourne 56 games when Gillian Sheen won gold in Womens foil.
This book brings these memories back to life for me and will do so for any individual who has a passion for athletics.At the same time it is an historical document of the development of the Olympics games and a history of sports or events which are no longer included in the modern games,
As I stated at the outset I have purchased the last 3 editions of this book having come across it by accident when perusing
Amazons book list several years ago and I have fallen into the habit of searching for it every thirdyear following on from an Olympics.
The authors DAVID WALLECHINSKY and JAIME LOUCKY have spent an inordinate amounted of time to check and recheck the individual results and to ascertain as and when disqualifications have taken place in the light of evidence being provided after the games have finished
It might be considered a massive tome but one worth every penny for the detailed information laid down in it . Go and have a look at a copy I feel sure once seen immediately purchased
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