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  • Michael Phelpsby Bob Schaller; Jason Lezak; Rowdy Gaines

    St. Martin's Press 2008; US$ 19.99

    Michael Phelps is an American sports hero, perhaps the greatest Olympic athlete the world has ever known. His unprecedented eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics have made him a superstar. But his journey to Olympic immortality is every bit as compelling as his achievements in the pool. From learning to cope with ADHD to the story of how... more...

  • This Great Symbolby John J. MacAloon

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 49.95

    This Great Symbol is the definitive study of the origins of the modern Olympic Games and of their founder, Pierre de Coubertin, behind the blend of biography and history lies an impressive framework of cultural, social, and psychological theories. more...

  • Skating on Airby Kelli Lawrence

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 40.00

    Of all winter sports, none is so widely watched and commented upon by the media as figure skating, which is often considered the Winter Olympics' centerpiece. This critical text examines the ways in which media attention has gradually altered and affected the sport, from the early appearances of Sonja Henie, to skating's gradual audience growth... more...

  • Watching the Olympicsby John Sugden; Alan Tomlinson

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 57.95

    With particular focus on the London Games in 2012, this book casts a critical eye over the bidding process, Olympic finance, promises of legacy and development, and the consequences of hosting the Games for the civil rights and liberties of those living in their shadow. No other book has ever offered closer scrutiny of the inner workings of Olympism?s... more...

  • Great Olympic Momentsby Sir Steve Redgrave

    Headline 2011; Not Available

    Complete with stunning, specially selected photographs, Sir Steve Redgrave recounts his favourite Olympic stories and reveals what it is that makes these moments truly great. All the stars of past and present are here, including Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Nadia Comenech, Mark Spitz, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Bob Beamon, Ed Moses, Flojo, Eric the... more...

  • Great Olympic Momentsby Sir Steve Redgrave

    Headline 2011; US$ 49.10

    Complete with stunning, specially selected photographs, Sir Steve Redgrave recounts his favourite Olympic stories and reveals what it is that makes these moments truly great. All the stars of past and present are here, including Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Nadia Comenech, Mark Spitz, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Bob Beamon, Ed Moses, Flojo, Eric the... more...

  • The First London Olympics: 1908by Rebecca Jenkins

    Little, Brown Book Group 2011; Not Available

    In the summer that saw the first successful flight of the Zeppelin, a 140 acre site of scrubland in West London was transformed into the White City, which housed the 1908 Franco British Exhibition - and a state-of-the-art stadium built to house the first London Olympics. The Olympics were organised by volunteers in just 18 months and at a fraction... more...

  • Jim Thorpeby William A. Cook

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 29.95

    Most biographies of Jim Thorpe (1888-1953) emphasize his Olympic glory and his remarkable abilities in track and football. Thorpe's 1912 gold medals in the decathalon and pentathalon and his talent on the gridiron rank him high among outstanding athletes of the twentieth century. That Thorpe also played brilliantly on the baseball diamond is an... more...

  • The First London Olympics: 1908by Rebecca Jenkins

    Little, Brown Book Group 2011; US$ 24.99

    In the summer that saw the first successful flight of the Zeppelin, a 140 acre site of scrubland in West London was transformed into the White City, which housed the 1908 Franco British Exhibition - and a state-of-the-art stadium built to house the first London Olympics. The Olympics were organised by volunteers in just 18 months and at a fraction... more...

  • Something in the Airby Richard Hoffer

    Free Press 2009; Not Available

    In the tradition of Seabiscuit and The Summer of ?49 , a gripping sports narrative that brilliantly tells the amazing individual stories of the unforgettable athletes who gathered in Mexico City in a year of dramatic upheaval. The 1968 Mexico City Olympics reflected the spirit of their revolutionary times. Richard Hoffer?s Something in the... more...