In its first edition ( LJ 10/15/74), this work was welcomed as a convenient single-source rules book. The updated version incorporates substantial amounts of material from the original text and adds information on 13 new sports, including wind surfing, rhythmic gymnastics, and synchronized swimming. The format is similar to its predecessor, with events of a like nature grouped together in 13 general categories--e.g., water, court, and combat--and the overall treatment remains essentially visual; liberal use is made of drawings and diagrams to illustrate various aspects of the games. While broad in scope (more than 150 sports are examined), coverage is limited to the basic rules and should not be considered complete. Though some may quibble about missing sports (hunting, fishing, and, most disappointingly, the Special Olympics segment contained in the earlier edition), this is a valuable one-volume source for the rules of a wide range of international sports.-- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
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