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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)

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John Furlong was the leader behind the team that organized and delivered the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to positive reviews the world over. Furlong has been involved with athletics all his life and was recently named Canada's Sports Executive of the Year. For his contributions to the province and country he was recently announced an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of BC.

Gary Mason is a national affairs columnist for the Globe & 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 six times and has won two National Newspaper Awards.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; First Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553657942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553657941
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,807,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GeoffreySteven on February 25, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I lived the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as they occurred in my hometown, it was a once in a lifetime experience. Furlong was the key architect that made this historic event possible. This book offers insight into how the Olympics happened, what it took to put them on, and why they where such an amazing success. A great read, highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eversfield on March 15, 2011
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I live in Vancouver and experienced first-hand the excitement that 'Patriot Hearts' is based on. I bought this book to relive the most amazing time of my life, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. John Furlong does a fantastic job telling us the story of what it took to organize this event; the competition for gold, power, and recognition. Visit my blog for video, pictures, and commentary on the 2010 Olympics at [...].

There are a number of passages in the book where I was on the verge of tears reliving what it was like during those 17 days. Furlong is an Irishman and he succeeds in telling a great story, presenting events in a way that rivets you to the book. I didn't want to put it down but had to sleep and work.

"Patriot Hearts" is a surprisingly inspirational book that describes what happens when you have the will to succeed. The super-human life that Furlong lived during those 17 days is a testament to the human spirit. I loved the devotion that Furlong describes in his obsession to detail and the view that these details are the linchpin to success. Furlong is the model Canadian citizen, community driven, visionary, hard working, ambitious, and although I haven't worked for the man, I get a sense of honesty from this guy.

The Olympics were an event that gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our passion for this country and dare I say it, our patriotism!! I have to catch myself as I'm expressing this in a typical Canadian fashion. I loved a passage in the book when during the national anthem John looks at his daughter to see tears running down her cheeks. I felt close to that level of pride while singing the anthem on our rapid transit trains (Sky Train) on our way to the Canada-Russia game or coming home after work on a night when Canada was playing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rod Taylor on June 25, 2011
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I was living in the Greater Vancouver Area during these Olympics and got pretty caught up in all the excitement. Spending some time on the streets of Vancouver during the event with tens of thousands of other excited people was one of the best times in my life.

Although it seemed that the winter of 2010 and the Olympic Flame arriving in my area, just came about out of nowhere, not giving consideration to 8 years before when it was announced that Vancouver would host the 2010 games. And a fast 17 days later, it was all over and the games managed to do something that has never happened in the country before.

Well this book is about that 8 years, and the 1000's of men and women that made these games happen. John Furlong and his team making up VANOC were a business, and he ran it like a business, which I am sure was very difficult dealing with a bunch of politicians looking only for political gain. B.C. residents would be surprised to find out which politician was only looking out for the benefit of the games, and not himself.

This is a great read for individuals and business people alike, as it unfolds the exciting story and challenges leading up to the fantastic Vancouver 2010 winter games
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