London Olympics : 1908 and 1948, Paperback Book

London Olympics : 1908 and 1948 Paperback

Part of the Shire Library series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The first two London Olympics offer food for thought in the run-up to London 2012, with its multi-billion pound budget during a global economic recession, new sporting arenas, Olympic villages, and high-speed rail links.

When Vesuvius erupted in 1906, Italy had to pull out of hosting the Games.

London stepped in and delivered new stadia without any government assistance in just two years.

In 1948, still recovering from the ravages of war, London hosted the Olympics again.

The entire budget for the 1948 Games was GBP760,000, and they turned a profit of GBP29,000.

This history of the London Olympics, which concludes with a look ahead to 2012, is a timely and fascinating chronicle of the Games of another age.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, 2 b/w; 17 col
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Olympic games
  • ISBN: 9780747808220



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Amusing and evocative descriptions of London's two previous Olympic Games, both from sporting eras where the excellence on display was clad in rather less self-importance than today. Or at least that's the sense left by this account's unearthing of personal recollections, and choice details, with plenty of humorous touches. This short book is delightfully illustrated with photos, cartoons, and mementoes of the Games. Memorable characters and athletes like Zatopek, Blankers-Koen, and the famed, rather comical Dorando Pietri share space with the unsung like the young British long jumper who were her Olympic blazer to her sister's wedding as it was "the smartest thing I owned". Worthy memories too of Horlicks instead of drugs, and of overseas teams bringing their own food supplies to the rationing-era 1948 Games: "Mexico sent liver, kidneys, and tripe; the New Zealand team brought with them condensed milk and mutton dripping".

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Good introduction to Olympics in UK. Lots of pictures and stories.

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