Patriot Hearts

Patriot Hearts

Inside the Olympics That Changed A Country

Book - 2011
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A riveting behind-the-scenes account of the transformative 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games--an extraordinary story of visionary leadership, love of country and the ability to dream boldly.

When John Furlong emigrated from Ireland in 1974, the customs officer greeted him with "Welcome to Canada. Make us better"--an imperative that has defined Furlong's life ever since. A passionate, accomplished athlete with a track record of community service, Furlong was a volunteer for Vancouver's Olympic bid movement when it began in 1996 and then spent the next 14 years living and breathing the Olympics. Furlong and his organizing team, including 25,000 volunteers and many partners, orchestrated a remarkable Winter Games. Patriot Hearts is the story of how they did it.

Working with Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason, Furlong recounts the lead­up to the Games and describes how he handled seemingly insurmountable setbacks--such as the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, a global recession and the washed­out snow at Cypress Bowl--to achieve a runaway success and, ultimately, a pivotal moment of nationhood.

Patriot Hearts will be published on February 12, 2011, a year after Canada welcomed the world at the opening ceremony. Furlong will donate part of his book royalties to the Own the Podium program.

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2011.
ISBN: 9781553657941
Characteristics: 344 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 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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