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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Book of the Olympics
  • Paperback: 1300 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press; New edition edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136956
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The new editions come with event guides so you can stay up to year on the current stars and sports. The book also has a detailed history, random trivia and a lot of focus on the great moments from 2008."  —Yahoo!Sports


"This resource will enhance appreciation of the Olympics for fans and casual viewers alike; it belongs in most libraries."  —Library Journal


"The essential Games guide."  —Ebony


"Marvellous."  —The New Yorker

About the Author

David Wallechsinky has worked as a commentator for NBC Olympic coverage, his work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine and Parade, and he has appeared on All Things Considered, Late Night with David Letterman, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Nightline. He has produced nine editions of this book, some in collaboration with Jaime Loucky. David divides his time between Geneva and California. 

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Well researched with many behind the scene stories.
Mr. Robert Babwahsingh
Also, there's a commentary, which varies in lenght, in each single event!
M. Fonseca
So if you are into your sports refernce books then this a must buy.
Ben Nicholson

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Don Del Grande on May 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent, if not the definitive, resource for the Summer Olympics held from 1896 through 2008 - but if you are only familiar with earlier (1980s) editions of the book, which included both Summer and Winter Olympics, note that, despite the removal of "summer" from the title, this volume covers only summer Olympics. Winter Olympics are still only in their own book; presumably the next one will be released in 2014.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Lindsay on November 13, 2013
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David Wallechinsky's Complete Book of the Olympics has been the best guide to the Olympics since 1984. The guide comes out every four years. There are separate winter and summer Olympic editions. It is a fun read and provides a complete record of the times, distances, or scores for the top eight competitors in all events. It also includes information on long-discontinued competitions such as the tug of war.It's organized by individual event rather than by Olympiad.

The authors also provide interesting background information on many of the competitors. The author tries to inject some humor into the book, making it enjoyable to read. There are interesting human interest stories about competitors you have never heard of. I discovered that the father of Hugh Laurie who plays Dr. Gregory House in "House M.D." won an Olympic gold medal for the coxless pairs at the 1948 Games in London! At over 1300 pages it is the type of reference book you dip into occasionally. I love this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Snyder on April 13, 2012
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My favorite book of all time. The only bad thing about this book is having to wait 4 years after each Olympics for the next edition to come out.
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A complete compilation of all the facts and figures of every Summer Olympics up to 2008. Does not include Winter Games.
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Super complete is more like it. It not only gives satistics but also personal stories as well. It is everything an Olympic fan could hope for.
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The book was as expected and I have other issues of the same books
I look forward to the NeXT volume
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My son loves the Olympics, and this book satisfies his curiosity on many things. It is a bit wordy (ok, all wordy), but for those who crave the facts, this is your book.
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This book is a must for all who are intrested in the Olympics. Well researched with many behind the scene stories. Money well spent. I am enjoying it.
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