“Rich in intriguing background . . . a wonderfully entertaining, informative read, one that caught me incessantly putting ‘Did you know. . .’ questions to my friends. . . . Like any good guidebook, How to Watch the Olympics gives us times, places, and dates for London events, but it’s the well-told stories that are best. . . . The book did not have to be as good as it is. It could’ve gotten away with mediocrity and still capitalized on the London excitement. But Goldblatt and Acton set their sights on a higher prize. Stories, after all, are the foundation for why we watch sports in the first place. It is our good fortune to join these storytellers for the ride.”—Christian Science Monitor
“Delicious facts sprint through How to Watch the Olympics. It’s by a pair of cheeky Brit sportswriters, David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton, and sorry to sound like an infomercial, but if you only buy one book on the Olympics, buy this. I’m keeping my copy next to the remote control, from the July 27 opening ceremony to the final sign-off. . . . The book is very handy. There are short histories on every sport, and the rules are smartly explained.”—Boston Globe
“The authors clearly and engagingly explain the rules, competitors and strategies of all the sports you'll be watching during this summer’s London Olympics. Whether it’s archery or kayaking, synchronized swimming or the marathon, this book tells you everything you need to know to converse intelligently about the games.”
David Goldblatt is the author of The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer, as well as a regular sports columnist and commentator for BBC Radio.
Johnny Acton is a writer specializing in obscure nuggets of information—ranging from pickling food (Preserved ) to the history of balloons (The Man Who Touched the Sky).