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The Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC: Athens to London 1894-2012 is a fascinating account of the history of the Olympic Games. It is the story of the creation of the Modern Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin, of its governing body, which was formed in 1894, and of the highs and lows of the Games themselves since the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. The 80 chapters cover each of the Summer and Winter Games and are interspersed with linking chapters which highlight the moments that have marked Olympic history. Miller looks at key issues such as the advent of television, the financing of the International Olympic Committee, THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE IOC: ATHENS TO LONDON 1894-2012the ongoing fight against doping in sport, the birth of the Youth Olympic Games and much more. Miller also tells the stories of the legendary competitors - from Spyridon Louis (the winner of the first marathon), Jim Thorpe, Paavo Nurmi, Sonja Henie, Jesse Owens and Emil Zatopek to more recent Olympic heroes such as Mark Spitz, Franz Klammer, Sebastian Coe, Carl Lewis, Hicham El Guerrouj and Michael Phelps. Each chapter begins with a personal anecdote by either a well-known athlete or a key IOC figure.This new edition also features updated sections on the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and the Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010. The appendices are also extensive and provide, in particular, the list of IOC members from 1894 to 2011, Olympic Games results and medals tables. DAVID MILLER. PUBLISHED BY: MAINSTREAM, 2012. ISBN: 9781845966119, 672 PAGES, IN ENGLISH.ÉDUCATION ET OLYMPISME EN EUROPE Edited by Éric Monnin. Published by Université de technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard, 2012. ISBN: 9782914279574, 206 pages, in French.SAILING GOLD: GREAT MOMENTS IN OLYMPIC SAILING HISTORYMark Chisnell. Published by: Adlard Coles Nautical, 2012. ISBN: 9781408146477, 176 pages, in English.This book recounts the history of Olympic sailing, with spectacular photographs celebrating heroes such as Paul Elvström and Ben Ainslie and iconic Olympic sailing locations. The book starts with an overview of the three eras of Olympic sailing: early years and yachting; modern dinghy racing with the legendary Paul Elvström; and then the new professional era with Ben Ainslie. Mark Chisnell explains how sailing came to be an Olympic sport for the first time, in Paris in 1900, and goes on to provide a review of the boat classes and boat designers since then. Finally, Chisnell presents the icons whose titanic struggles, outstanding achievements and logic-defying victories live on in the popular memory and add to the allure of the Olympic legacy.This book is a follow-up to the 2009 workshop entitled "The place and purpose of Olympism in education in Europe", recording the debates and exchange of ideas that took place on the day. Organised by Éric Monnin and Jean-François Loudcher, the workshop brought together participants representing semi-autonomous regional authorities, local education authorities, the Olympic Museum and the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture. The book examines Olympism in all its dimensions. Seemingly, as far as young people, educators, researchers and politicians are concerned, Olympism continues to thrive simply by virtue of the place is occupies in the media and in international culture as a whole.THE COMPLETE BOOK OF THE OLYMPICSDavid Wallechinsky and Jaime Loucky. Published by Aurum Press, 2012. ISBN: 9781845136956, 1334 pages, in English.The Complete Book of the Olympics is an essential guide for sports journalists and anyone interested in the Olympic Games. The book's 1,300 pages are the fruit of impressive research, containing statistics relating to the modern Games, discipline by discipline. For each event, it not only gives the names of all the medallists but also times, distances or scores for the top eight competitors.Even so, this is much more than just a list of names and numbers. The authors, David Wallechinsky and Jaime Loucky, also describe memorable moments and recount amazing anecdotes from each event. For example, how many of us knew that a 72-year-old has won a silver medal in shooting? This new edition includes all the results from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. With the London 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching, the book is an ideal way for readers to immerse themselves in the magic of this global event. Selection proposed by the IOC Library, Olympic Studies Centre, 1, Quai d'Ouchy, P.O. Box 1001 Lausanne, Switzerland. Tel. +41 (0)21 621 66 11. Fax +41(0)21 621 67 18. Visit to learn more about our services.80 OLYMPIC REVIEW