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The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2012 Edition Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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).
Used copy was great value
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.
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