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Patriot Hearts - John Furlong

Patriot Hearts

Author John Furlong

  • Published: 2011-02-08
  • Category: Sports & Outdoors
4.5 Stars
4.5
From 44 Customers Review
Price: $22.99

Description

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 & 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.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Wow amazing read!!!!!

    5
    From Kelli B
    I can't put this book down. At the same time I don't want to finish it. A wonderful read. John's story is inspiring and speaks to leadership & humility - John embodies this.
  • Brilliant

    5
    From Oleboot
    Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Absolutely an amazing story. One that makes me feel so proud to be Canadian. John Furlong did indeed "make us better". I say to you, "well done, sir". Thank you on behalf of all very proud Canadians!
  • Patriot Hearts - Review

    4
    From Rootie54
    Well written and structured summary perspective on the Vancouver Olympic games. John had a unique view and experience to convey into book form. Patriot Hearts shows how common sense, passion, and strong beliefs and principles can help a special person, who might not be perceived to have been properly qualified, run a great show and make the country proud. We can attest firsthand to John's passion about the Olympics and his real struggles with the language of Molière. John Furlong kept the fear butterflies flying in formation and the eyes on the ultimate goal. Well done, David Wallace Vancouver, BC
  • Can't stop welling up with pride.

    5
    From Coastur
    Every iPad in the country needs a copy of this book. I can't put it down - except to grab a new tissue to wipe my eyes. - a former games volunteer.