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The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition Paperback – May 28, 2008


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  • Series: Complete Book of the Olympics
  • Paperback: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press; 2008 Ed edition (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845133307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845133306
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perhaps the most indispensable book about the Games."  —The Wall Street Journal



"Goes beyond the statistics."  —The News-Gazette



"[A] fine reference book."  —The Honolulu Star-Bulletin



"[A] must-see publication for fans of the games."  —The Republic


"[A] valuable reference."  —Times-News

About the Author

David Wallechinsky was introduced to the Olympics when his father, the novelist Irving Wallace, took him to the 1960 Games in Rome. He has since produced seven editions of this book plus, in collaboration with Jaime Loucky, four editions of its companion volume, The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Glagovsky on June 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
The last few editions of this book were titled "The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics", because the winter Olympic Games were covered in a separate volume. They still are. Perhaps the previous publisher wouldn't let the current one use the word "summer" in the title. But that is a minor quibble.

Two long-need changes have finally been made to this quadrennially updated reference. These alone make it worth purchasing. First, after the listings for track and field events, the remaining sports are listed alphabetically. Previously, sports were placed in various groupings, such as "aquatics", "team sports", and "individual sports". For some sports, trying to find the proper group in the table of contents was a nightmare. Second, every odd-numbered page has guidewords at the top that tells the user which sport and event's results are listed on it. For example, on page 511 is the advisory, "Cycling: Men's Road Time Trial". Now users don't have to flip through page after page, wondering which results they are looking at.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Jernigan on June 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent resource for ALL the Summer Olympic Games. Contrary to what is said in a previous, much older review, this edition of Wallechinsky's book is complete through the 2004 Summer Olympics.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L Goodman-Malamuth VINE VOICE on December 2, 2008
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... except the 2008 results. And of course, when David Wallechinsky produces THAT, I'll grab that updated volume, too. Not only do the authors give every little detail about the most famous events--Jesse Owens', Mark Spitz's, Wilma Rudolph's--but this volume is packed full of little-known facts about people whose tales are otherwise lost in today's 24/7 world. Yes, the IOC has some management details that are distasteful, but there are stories told in this book that are heartwarming: the swimmer from Equatorial Guinea whose 2000 trip gave him his very first dip in an Olympic-size pool, who finished last in twice the time of the event winner, but who received a standing ovation from the crowd. Who was the oldest competitor? The youngest? The only athletes to compete in five, or seven, Games? They're all here. The authors also tell some of the prequels and sequels to Olympic journeys: who died in subsequent accidents or wars, who overdosed, you name it. This book is indeed "complete," and deserves a spot on the shelf for frequent referrals in months and years to come.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Snyder on June 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the best Olympic resource book around. If you are an Olympic fan this is the book for you.
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