The Olympic Games are the most well-known of the various sports festivals of the ancient and modern world. They have set a precedent that is followed by many lesser known - and virtually unknown - international games intended to engage specific portions of the population. This work is an encyclopedia of 175 international games that follow a format similar to that of the modern Olympics. It begins coverage with the year 1896, the year the very first modern Olympics were held, and ends with the year 2000. The African Games, Asian Games, Deaf Games (summer and winter), European Special Olympics, Firefighters World Games, Gay Games, Goodwill Games, International Women's Games, Paralympics (summer and winter), Special Olympics (summer and winter), World Transplant Games, World Medical Games, and the X Games (summer and winter) are just a sampling of the games that are included in this exhaustive work. Complete information includes such particulars as the host city and nation, event dates, the number of participating nations and athletes, the number of sports played, lists of the participating nations and sports played, medal results, venue information, significant highlights, and various facts about the games.
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Daniel Bell is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians and North American Sports Library Network. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.From Booklist:
This is an extraordinary work from beginning to end. The author begins the preface by saying, "This book focuses on international multisport competitions held since 1896 that are based on the model of the modern Olympic Games." In addition to the Olympic Games, these include the Asian Games, the Firefighters World Games, the Goodwill Games, the Pan-American Games, the Special Olympics, and the World Dwarf Games, among more than 150 others.
Information is arranged alphabetically by game. Each entry includes a general description and a table showing host city and nation, dates, and numbers of participating nations, athletes, and sports for each year in which the particular games have been held. This is followed by a year-by-year summary listing the competing nations and the various sports and another table showing the medal counts. In some cases numbers are missing because information was not available. Whenever possible, the author identifies sports for women; it is interesting to watch this list grow as the text progresses through the Olympic Games sections. The work contains eight appendixes and a notes section along with a bibliography and index. The appendixes are quite detailed and include a great deal of easily accessible information. Games are listed by year, by nation, by host city, by number of participants, and by number of sports.
Though there are a number of reference sources on the Olympic Games, this volume captures information that is much more elusive. It would be a great addition to a public as well as an academic library and would be welcome by serious researchers and trivia buffs alike. RBB
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