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London 2012 Olympic Games: The Greatest Show on Earth: An official day-by-day photographic celebration Paperback – 13 Sep 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847329330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847329332
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A magnificent memento of the XXX Olympiad --Good Book Guide

About the Author

Jon Mattos is a chief writer with Press Association Sport, the Host National Agency for the London 2012 Olympic Games and one of the world s leading national news agencies. PA Sport will have journalists covering every session of each sport at the London 2012 Olympic Games and London 2012 Paralympic Games.


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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.
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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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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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Very disappointing it had nothing about handball, only one photo and that’s was of a player from another country.
It was the first time GB had competed with a men’s & ladies team.
I thought the book should have included all the representative’s in team GB.
Disappointed.
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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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A great book which I bought after the Olympics as a gift for my daughters, who were lucky enough to be at the Opening Ceremony. A book that they will treasure to bring back all of the happy memories of that very special time in UK history
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If you're teetering on whether to buy this book or not, I would definitely recommend you buy it. It's very nice quality and the price (currently £6.45) gives excellent value which I can't fault - particularly as I know highstreet chains like Waterstones would charge far more. All the pictures inside are fantastic and I love how the book is a day-by-day celebration detailing the highlights of every day. At the back of the book there is also the final standings (United States first, China second, UK third etc.) and every medal winner is also mentioned for the event they succeeded in.

I'm very much looking forward to giving this book as a present for Christmas. I think that this book is a really great thing to remember the London 2012 Olympic Games by.
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This is a gem of a record of the Games and the results. Not too cumbersome, not too wordy, this day by day record of the events provides all the essentials in a handy format. However, I missed the inclusion of the times and distances or the multiple athletic events (Men's Decathlon, Jessica Ennis's Heptathlon), which would have benefitted by inclusion.
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