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The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2012 Edition Paperback – May 1, 2012
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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I love this book and I can't wait for the next edition so I can read about the London games. I'll be making room on my shelf for the winter edition too.
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.
I am still in a state of delirious happiness because the U.S. women's gymnastics team - MY gymnastics team -- won the team gold medal! I am a huge fan and kept telling my husband that if only they would win the team gold medal, my Olympics would be complete. I'll admit I cried when they won.
Since I still have the Olympics on my brain, I must confess that I have been absolutely ADDICTED to David Wallechinsky's Olympic books for many years! They come out every four years. There are separate winter and summer Olympic editions. I admit that I prefer the summer Olympics to the winter Olympics (I am a big fan of summer in general), but I always buy the newest edition. The next winter edition will come out in early 2014, but the newest summer edition just came out this summer!
The 2012 edition covers all Summer Olympics events, including discontinued ones, up to the 2008 Beijing games. It is just as fascinating as his other editions. I can peruse this large book for hours.
The book doesn't just tally up the medal winners. It shows the top 8 finishers in each event, and tells you many interesting little stories along the way. Some of the stories are happy and some are absolutely heartbreaking. You will be amazed when you find yourself reading incredible human interest stories about sports you may not even care about. But you will care about the athletes, no matter what country they are from or what sport they play.
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