Author(s): David Wallechinsky & Jaime Loucky
The Complete Book of the Olympics is just that - the pre-eminent point of reference for sports enthusiasts and journalists alike, and the essential guide to the London games. At 1300 large-format, closely typeset pages, the tome is a prodigious and compendious work of reference. But it is also an amazingly readable book, for in the course of recording every single modern Olympic final at every single Games, it reveals the strange, the memorable, and the frankly unbelievable. Who knew that croquet or tug of war were once Olympic sports, or that a 72-year-old once won a silver medal for target shooting? This new edition is updated to include every final's result (to the first eight places) for every event at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, as well as a comprehensive preview of the London 2012 games.
'Excellent and exhaustive new book' Sport magazine 'Anecdote-rich, as well as stats heavy...each edition is always fresh and fascinating' Sportsjournalists.co.uk '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.' Olympicsblog.co.uk
David Wallechinsky has produced nine editions of this book, as well as the bestselling Book of Lists, and 2012's Book of Olympic Lists in collaboration with his nephew Jaime Loucky. He is vice-president of the International Society for Olympic Historians and has been dubbed the 'Human Encyclopedia' by Vice magazine. He divides his time between Geneva and California.