Staff Choice

Staff Choice

August 22, 2004|By Candus Thomson

You've been watching the Summer Olympics for a week now, but what do you really know about the games? These volumes can fill you in:

The Complete Book of the Olympics, by David Wallechinsky (Aurum Press, 1,171 pages, $24.95), is the go-to book for sportswriters, Olympi-philes and barten-ders who need to settle bets. It has results for every summer Olympic final since 1896, trivia and medals tables. Guaranteed to make anyone into a certified ring head.

The Naked Olympics, by Tony Perrottet (Random House, 240 pages, $12.95). The author is a contributor to Outside, the unofficial magazine of the fresh-air set. Naked is breezy and irreverent, but nonetheless a wonderful look at an ancient pagan athletic contest that had as much corruption, debauchery and commercialization as the modern version.

The Olympic Games: Athens to Athens, (Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated, 360 pages, $34.95) is a collaboration by the Olympic Museum of Lausanne, the French sports newspaper L'Equipe and the International Olympic Committee. Stunning photos, some never published.

The Ancient Olympics: War Minus the Shooting, by Nigel Spivey (Oxford University Press, 296 pages, $28) is more scholarly than "The Naked Olympics," which is what you might expect from a University of Cambridge classical art and archaeology teacher.

The Olympic Games (Dorling Kindersley Ltd., 372 pages, $30), is for folks who want more pictures than text. Has easy-to-follow tables of each Summer and Winter Games and a chart that depicts the official poster from each Olympiad.

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