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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,786 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
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!
David Lindsay
Contrary to what is said in a previous, much older review, this edition of Wallechinsky's book is complete through the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Taylor Jernigan

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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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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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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, it has kept me busy for many happy hours.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Jernigan on June 12, 2008
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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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It does exactly what it says on the cover, the complete guide. It would have been nice for them to wait until after the 2008 games, but it's still great. It tell's you everything you need to know about each olympic's event and winners from the 200 Metre swimming Obstacle race to the Marathon and Croquet to Synchronized Swimming. It also gives you a brief history of each olympics, the issues and the tables. But the main bit's are the event's. It makes a nice change from the books that just tell you generally about the games and main event's. It's a brillant book and a must have
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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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