How to Watch the Olympics

The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport

By David Goldblatt; Johnny Acton; Belinda Evans (Illustrator)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143121879, 400pp.)

Publication Date: May 29, 2012

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The must-have guide to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Next summer, millions of Americans will tune into the Olympic Games, the largest and most popular sporting event in the world. Yet while it's easy to be fascinated by agile gymnasts, poised equestrians, and perfectly synchronized swimmers, few of us know the real width of a balance beam, the intricate regulations of dressage, or the origin of those crowd-pleasing legs-in-the-air swimming formations. Luckily, David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton have created this utterly thorough and always fun guide to the rules, strategy, and history of each sport. With witty, detailed descriptions and clever illustrations, "How to Watch the Olympics" will help anyone grasp handball, archery, wrestling, fencing, and every other Olympic event like a true pro.




About the Author
David Goldblatt was born in London in 1965 and inherited, for his sins, Tottenham Hotspurs from his father. He has flirted with and abandoned careers in medicine, stand-up comedy, broadcasting, politics and academia. In previous lives he has published amongst other books, Social Theory and the Environment, Global Transformations and the World Football Yearbook. In this life he has been lucky enough to put them all together. He currently lives in Bristol, the Bermuda triangle of footballing prowess, where he spreads his affections amongst Spurs, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City.






NPR
Saturday, Jul 21, 2012

From the ultimate Olympic reference book to an account of the last London Games, bibliophile cabbie Will Grozier recommends books that put both the 2012 Games and their host city in context. More at NPR.org

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