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Patriot Hearts: Inside the Olympics That Changed a Country [Hardcover]

John Furlong , Gary Mason
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"Patriot Hearts is a human story of passion and pride, of adversity and triumph, leadership and courage, told with genuine humility -- an unforgettable, sometimes tearful, emotional account of one of Canada's greatest ever achievements. It's a story of great significance we all played a part in." (Brian Williams, Canada's Foremost Olympic Anchor 2010-11-05)

"This is a story of Canadian triumph over adversity that touched us all, told with honesty and humility, and I was proud to be a part of it. From Mr. Furlong and his staff, with their hard work and leadership, to the many volunteers from across Canada, to the great Olympics fans of Vancouver, the province of British Columbia and Canada, we were all proud to hold our heads high and say we were Canadian. Patriot Hearts will touch your soul." (Wayne Gretzky 2010-11-05)

"Mr. Furlong is full of such relentless, sometimes baffling positivity -- not least in his new memoir, Patriot Hearts, co-written with Gary Mason." (National Post 2011-02-11)

"Patriot Hearts is a gossipy gallop across the emotional arc of the Games, from heroics on and off the snow and ice to jaw-dropping examples of petty intrigues, jealousies and tragedy...Above all, this is a story of teamwork and leadership." (Maclean's 2011-02-21)

"[Patriot Hearts] is a story about sticking to one's vision, no matter what other people say...by the end, it is clear Furlong's particular brand of zeal, perseverance, and focus is required to put on such a complicated and successful spectacle." (Quill & Quire 2011-04-01)

"From negotiations that led to the highest corporate sponsorships in Olympic history to the involvement of political interests and the development of controversial programs and choices, this offers a story about organizing an Olympic event and provides businesses, politicans and leaders with behind-the-scenes insights on what goes on. Any sports and many a general-interest collection will relish this survey." (The Midwest Book Review 2011-07-01)

About the Author

JOHN FURLONG served for four years as President of the Northern BC Winter Games Society, three years on the BC Games Society Board and ten years as a member of the Canadian Olympic Association Board. The Richmond resident was also a past chair of Sport BC, chair of the BC Summer and Winter Games and was a BC Mission Staff member for seven Canada Games. In 2001, John took a leave from his position as CEO of the 7000-member Arbutus Club to become the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid Corporation. As an integral part of the management team, FURLONG oversaw the day-to-day operations of the bid and the production of the plan that convinced IOC members to award the Games to Vancouver-Whistler in July 2003. JOHN FURLONG served as the CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and lead the Organizing Committee to produce an amazing event.

GARY MASON is a national affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. Previously, Mason spent 19 years at the Vancouver Sun in various capacities, including a seven-year stint as a popular sports columnist. He has received the prestigious Jack Webster Award for journalism five times and has won two National Newspaper Awards.
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