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The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2012 Edition Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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.
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.
Bear in mind that it has the eight finalists in each event (when it's the case). It has all the descontinued sports. A simple index allows you to quickly get to the sports you want. Also, there's a commentary, which varies in lenght, in each single event! In team sports, there is the name of every single person of the team. There is also a consieve commentary about each game, the rules of each sports... I repeat, this book is amazing.
A fantastic book. Unfortunately, we will never know who won clean, or who won cheating (doping).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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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.Published on November 17, 2013 by Gene R. Brumbach
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.Published on August 29, 2013 by Richard Pollette
The book was as expected and I have other issues of the same books
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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.Published on March 8, 2013 by R. Frost
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.Published on September 18, 2012 by Mr. Robert Babwahsingh
I'm a diehard fan of the Olympic Games. Ever since watching the '84 L.A. games on TV as a kid, I've been fascinated by their drama and pageantry. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by David Wages