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London Olympics 1908 and 1948 by Janie Hampton
  

London Olympics 1908 and 1948

Part of the Shire Library Series

RRP £6.99

Synopsis

London Olympics 1908 and 1948 by Janie Hampton

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.

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An entertaining dash through the last two Olympics hosted by [London]. The contrasts between then and now are striking, and often amusing. But it's the dramatic events that played out on the track and field that really capture the imagination. . . . A brief and lively account that brings London's previous Olympic moments to life with great images and revealing quotes from newspapers, spectators and the athletes themselves. --BBC History Magazine


About the Author

Janie Hampton is the author of fifteen books including biography, fiction and text books. She has been a journalist in Africa, a producer at the BBC World Service and has written articles for the Sunday Times, The Times, the Independent, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman. She has worked in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda, living in rural communities, travelling by canoe, bus, river-boat and train.

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Publication date

15th June 2011

Author

Janie Hampton

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Author's Website

www.janiehampton.co.uk/

Publisher

Shire Publications Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
48 pages

Categories

Olympic & Paralympic games

ISBN

9780747808220

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