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  • The 1908 Olympicsby Keith Baker

    SportsBooks 2011; US$ 9.99

    The 1908 London Olympics can claim to be the first 'modern' sporting event which pitted nation against nation. There were rows between the British and Americans; a one-man walkover in the 400 metres when the US runners boycotted the event; a dispute over the shoes worn by one of the British tug of war teams and when the American team failed to dip... more...

  • The British Olympicsby Martin Polley; Simon Inglis

    Historic England 2012; US$ 14.57

    History records that the Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece nearly three thousand years ago, died out around 393 AD, and were triumphantly reborn in 1896, in the Greek capital of Athens. Rather less well known is how, during the intervening centuries, an assortment of British writers, romantics, sportsmen and visionaries helped nurture that... more...

  • The Nolympicsby Nicholas Lezard

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 11.27

    Nicholas Lezard loved London. Then the London 2012 Olympics came along ... Suddenly his beloved city was invaded by über-people in branded sportswear who had contorted their bodies into odd shapes in order to run a bit faster, or throw things a bit further. Not to mention armies of reptilian brand-managers, chancers and corporate cheerleaders all... more...

  • Running My Life - The Autobiographyby Seb Coe

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; US$ 12.99

    One second in time may separate the great athlete from the merely good. Seb Coe has made every second count. From an early age he has been driven to be the best at everything he does. Since the moment Coe stood alongside a 'scrubby' municipal running track in Sheffield, he knew that sport could change his life. It did. Breaking an incredible twelve... more...

  • Jessica Ennis: Unbelievable - From My Childhood Dreams To Winning Olympic Goldby Jessica Ennis

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; US$ 13.99

    On 4 August 2012 Jessica Ennis kicked off what some described as the greatest night in British sporting history. For her it was the end of a long, winding, and sometimes harrowing road. Nobody was under more pressure at the London Olympics than 'the face of the Games'. Yet Jessica delivered the heptathlon gold medal, and the huge outpouring of relief... more...

  • The 1912 Stockholm Olympicsby Leif Yttergren; Hans Bolling

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 55.00

    King Gustaf V of Sweden inaugurated the Fifth Olympiad at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm on July 6, 1912. In the following weeks, 2,380 competitors from 27 nations representing six continents participated in well-organized competitions in perfect weather conditions. The largest Olympics yet at the time, the Stockholm Games have thus gone down in... more...

  • Sport Policy in Canadaby Lucie Thibault; Jean Harvey

    University of Ottawa Press 2013; US$ 39.99

    The first and most comprehensive analysis of the new Canadian Sport Policy adopted in 2012. more...

  • Beneath the 2012 Olympicsby Stan Medland; Simon Rodway

    Andrews UK 2013; US$ 4.99

    In 2012 millions of people across the globe marvelled at the spectacle that was the London Summer Olympic Games, with thousands flocking to England’s capital to enjoy the sporting action first-hand. However, visitors to the new Olympic Stadium may not have realised that the site and surrounding area is steeped in history. Beneath the 2012 Olympics... more...

  • The Mo Farah Quiz Bookby Hugh Larkin

    Andrews UK 2013; US$ 3.99

    If you are a fan of athletics, you are certain to be familiar with the name Mo Farah and his fantastic achievements at the London 2012 Olympic Games but how much do you really know about the charismatic British runner? Do you know what other athletics titles Mo currently holds? What honour did he receive in New Year 2013? When did he adopt his famous... more...

  • King of the Worldby David Remnick

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 16.95

    With an Introduction by Salman Rushdie On the night in 1964 that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) stepped into the ring with Sonny Liston, he was widely regarded as an irritating freak who danced and talked way too much. Six rounds later Ali was not only the new world heavyweight boxing champion: He was "a new kind of black man" who would... more...