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Complete Book of the Olympics (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. April 2012

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'Excellent and exhaustive new book' Sport magazine 'Anecdote-rich, as well as stats heavy...each edition is always fresh and fascinating' 'Definitive guide to the past Olympics...there are thousands of interesting stories to read here...if you are interested in the history of the Olympics, then this is the book for you.'

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David Wallechinsky is a renowned Olympic historian, NBC radio commentator and author of several reference books, including the bestselling The Book of Lists and the People's Almanac Presents the 20th Century. His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine and Parade, and he has guested on Late Night with David Letterman, Nightline, and PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He is the founder editor-in-chief of the political website Wallechinsky is also the vice-president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and recipient of the Olympic Order of the International Olympic Committee. Jaime Loucky has worked on several editions of the Complete Book of the Olympics, both Summer and Winter editions. His articles have appeared in a number of magazines and academic journals including the Encyclopaedia of Contemporary American Immigration.


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Excellent reference - but title slightly misleading 1. Mai 2012
Von Don Del Grande - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
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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Two Important Improvements 30. Juni 2008
Von David Glagovsky - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
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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Essential Guide to the Olympics 14. November 2013
Von David Lindsay - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
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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This book is updated through the 2004 Summer Olympics 12. Juni 2008
Von Taylor Jernigan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
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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Everything a Summer Olympics fan could dream of... 2. Dezember 2008
Von L Goodman-Malamuth - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
... 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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