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The Olympics For Beginners [Paperback]

By Joe Lee
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The Olympic Games, summer and winter, transfix humanity every time the torch is lit. With athletes from every country in the world eligible to compete in up to 300 athletic events in as many as 28 different sports, the potential for human drama is endless. Episodes outside of the competition – the scandals, international incidents, political maneuverings, and the occasional over-the-top costume during the opening ceremony –only add to the richness and lore of this spectacular tradition. With so much information to process, and so many events to track each time the Games are staged, the scale of it all can be overwhelming.

The Olympics For Beginners provides clear, concise and amusing assessments of the key elements of the Games. It travels back in time to look at the original Greek Games, leads the reader on a brisk tour of the modern Olympic movement, simplifies the rules and regulations of the summer and winter competitions, and shines a spotlight on many dazzling high points, such as Jesse Owens' triumph in the 1936 Berlin Games. The book also replays infamous low points, from the tragic – the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes in Munich – to the downright pathetic: Tonya Harding.

Author Brandon Toropov and illustrator Joe Lee showcase the Olympics' remarkable hold on the global imagination in a fun, accessible and memorable illustrated format. Whether you're one of the billions who is obsessed with this one-of-a-kind spectacle, or you're simply curious to learn what the fuss is all about, The Olympics For Beginners is for you.
Brandon Toropov is the founder and CEO of, an intellectual content creation company. He is the author of The Fifty Biggest Baseball Myths, 101 Reasons to Hate George Steinbrenner, the For Beginners® title Shakespeare For Beginners, and a number of other books on business, comparative religion, and popular culture. Mr. Toropov lives in Massachusetts.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 10, 2008
Publisher   For Beginners
ISBN  1934389331  
ISBN13  9781934389331  

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More About Joe Lee

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joe Lee is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, and clown. With a degree from Indiana University centering on Medieval History, Joe is also a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey's Clown College. He worked for some years as a circus clown. He is the illustrator of a baker's dozen of For Beginners books, including Barack Obama, Shakespeare, Postmodernism, Deconstruction, Eastern Philosophy, Dante, Jane Austen and Global Warming among others. The author lives in Bloomington, IN.

Joe Lee currently resides in Bloomington, in the state of Indiana. Joe Lee was born in 1965.

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1Books > Subjects > Sports > General
2Books > Subjects > Sports > Miscellaneous > History of Sports
3Books > Subjects > Sports > Miscellaneous > Olympic Games

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