Patriot Hearts

Patriot Hearts

Inside the Olympics That Changed A Country

Book - 2011
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Perseus Publishing
A riveting insider's account of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and an extraordinary story of leadership, love of country and the ability to dream big.

When John Furlong and his family emigrated from Ireland in 1974, the customs officer greeted them with "Welcome to Canada. Make us better," an imperative that has defined Furlong's life ever since. A passionate athlete with a track record of community service, he was roped into acting as spokesperson for Vancouver's incipient Olympic bid movement back in 1996, and then spent the next fourteen years living and breathing the Olympics. Furlong and his organizing team, including some 25,000 volunteers, orchestrated a remarkable Winter Games. Patriot Hearts is the story of how they did it.

Early on Furlong realized the Olympics weren't about highways and buildings and tourism, they were about people: the athletes, and everyday Canadians who wanted to see their country shine on the world stage. He defined a vision for the games that would capture the hearts and minds of Canadians, and held to it with unwavering determination. Working with Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason, Furlong recounts the lead-up to the Games and describes how he handled seemingly insurmountable setbacks

Publisher: Vancouver ; Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, c2011
ISBN: 9781553657941
Branch Call Number: 796.98 FUR
Characteristics: 344 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mason, Gary


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Jun 07, 2011

Excellent!! This book is a true heartwarming memoir of the memorable Olympics that changed Vancouver, British Columbia and the country as a whole forever.

May 02, 2011

I found this memoir to be excellent, especially learning about the details that go into securing a bid and into organizing such a successful winter games. Definitely worth the read!

Apr 11, 2011

A good memoir for the greatest games in history. Yes, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic winter games changed the country and how they think of Vancouver.

Mar 02, 2011

From the title, it sounds like this is about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Changed a country? Hardly, John, hardly.

debwalker Feb 06, 2011

Candid and hard-hitting memoir by the CEO of the 2010 Winter Olympics Committee.

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