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The Sports Book Hardcover – October 29, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Sports Book
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing; First Edition edition (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756631955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756631956
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The astroturf-clad coffee table book is more than just a conversation piece. It's the sports buff's bible, with rules and game-winning strategies for more than 200 sports, including 35 Summer Olympics events. --Men's Fitness

Customer Reviews

This was a Christmas gift for a nephew who loves sports.
Wendy
If you have a reason to know about underwater football, you might like this book too.
G. Kaiser
VERY COOL LOOKING BOOK and VERY detailed about all sports.
Kerri Rodemann

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shran on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a sports enthusiast, and this book caught my eye quite a while ago with its grassy cover. Good gimmick. I just found it on a bargain rack and decided to pick it up.

It's not bad, but it could be a lot better. If you're looking to get a very cursory overview of lots of sports, and maybe learn about a few you never knew existed, this is a great book. But if you want in-depth details, you're going to be very disappointed.

The book is also littered with grammatical errors (if I see another incorrect usage of "due to," I think I'll scream) ... don't publishers hire copy editors anymore? And then there are the little details that the publisher didn't get right in the graphics. For example, the rugby pitch is shown as being 100 meters long, from dead-ball line to dead-ball line. The text directly above it correctly states that it's 100 meters from try line to try line. A page earlier, an illustration of a Canadian football field lists it as being 150 yards long to the back of each end zone ... which is right, but the graphic shows the center of the field as being the 50-yard line, not the 55.

It's the little details like these that make me suspicious about the accuracy in describing the sports I know nothing about.

Too bad. A project like this held a lot of promise.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Coutts on December 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Purchased as a birthday gift for my 12-year-old nephew and he just loves it. Says it has EVERYTHING in it.
No problem with the order. Arrived on time and was exactly as depicted.
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This was a Christmas gift for a nephew who loves sports. He loved it and couldn't put it down on Christmas day! Has a short synopsis of all types of sports. Great layout and illustrations that explain the basic rules of the sports/games.

It starts off with the Olympics
Ch. 1 - Athletics
Ch. 2 - Gymnastics
Ch. 3 - Team Sports
Ch. 4 - Racket Sports
Ch. 5 - Combat Sports
Ch. 6 - Water Sports
Ch. 7 - Winter Sports
Ch. 8 - Target Sports
Ch. 9 - Sports on Wheels
Ch. 10 - Motor Sports
Ch. 11 - Animal Sports
Ch. 12 - Extreme Sports

Very cool! Great index on the "look inside" feature on Amazon if you want more details on exactly which sports are in each section. Very comprehensive! I was thrilled my nephew loved it so much!
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This book was a gift to my older son. He is thrilled with it and keeps it on his coffee table for frequent reference. I think I will purchase another copy for my younger son. He has a birthday coming up in a couple of months. This is the perfect gift for anyone who is a sports fan. It is a book they will keep for years until the pages are worn to shreds. My experience was enhanced by the service I received from Amazon.com.
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By Salty on August 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In better condition than described. Great for creating my lesson plans for my physical education class. Thanks again and looking forward to future purchases
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By mimo on June 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The product as well as the sellers are amazing, the book came in great condition although it was used and was bought for my nephews who adored it. Thank You so much Colorado! You mean the world to me and my family.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Q. Public Roadblock on October 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is the sports bible, period. This is an excellent reference for the player, coach, and fan alike, a sports encyclopedia like no other. The book begins with a section on the history of the Olympics from its origins in ancient Greece to the modern international summer and winter competitions performed in various cities around the world. The main section titled "The Sports" is divided into twelve chapters. Descriptions of over two hundred sporting disciplines are given with information such as the physical and mental fitness of each player, the dimensions of the playing space, the general rules and strategies, the positions of each player, and the required equipment such as clubs and balls. Each sport described has a "Need2Know" panel giving essential facts about it. "Sidelines" panels give trivial facts such as attendance and scoring records. "Stat Central" gives the numbers in various categories for top performers in the sport. Another thing that is cool about the book is the Astroturf on the front and back covers. Whoever came up with that idea? But this is a fun and informative reference work.
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By Momma J on October 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love the astroturf cover. The main reason we purchased the book, a gift for the "sportster" of the family. It is a great gift for the the ultimate sports fan who has everything. Thanks!
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