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The Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World Paperback – April 10, 2001
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In The Girls of Summer, Jere Longman tells the story of the women's team, their rise to world dominance, and their struggle with the United States Soccer Federation (U.S.S.F.) for the support, respect, and salary they deserve. Drawing on extensive personal interviews recorded before, during, and after the World Cup, Longman offers up portraits of all the players on the team--Akers, Hamm, Chastain, Milbrett, Overbeck, and the rest. Longman also addresses some of the issues surrounding the team and the Women's World Cup--how U.S.S.F. and the national media seriously underestimated the level of interest the tournament would generate; the questions of race and sexuality; and the positive role models these women provided to a nation of young girls--showing them that they, too, could achieve their dreams.
Some of Longman's statements ring false--millions of Europeans would be appalled to hear soccer described as a "Third World sport"--but overall, Girls of Summer is a fine tribute to the world champions. --M. Stein --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It shows just how much the national governing body of soccer disrespected them, from the coach on down, in the months after their win. The reservations which were expressed when Brandi Chastain posed for Gear Magazine with a strategically placed soccer ball. And the debunking once and for all of her "orchestrated" shirt-doffing at the end of the final by conspiracy theorists who've watched one too many Oliver Stone movies.
It also lets us in on just how much people in the U.S. news media were staggeringly asleep at the switch, when reporters had to <pay their own way> to cover the tournament and only later were refunded by their sports editors. But first and foremost it comes back to 20 women who became the warm-weather version of the 1980 US men's Olympic hockey team; a team which an entire nation closed ranks behind. They are brought to vivid life by Longman here.
Reading it also harkens back to a time when you could pick up a newspaper's sports section and not have it resemble a police blotter. Or a litany of overpaid, underachieving athletes who, no matter how much they stink out their sports, always want to get paid even more. Of a time when American sport used to be pretty nice, unlike what it is now. That the same people who moan about the success of women's sports are the same ones who complain about no role models in sport. Longman presents 20 compelling ones here.Read more ›
But what struck me the most as I read the book was exactly that: the team. I mean the whole concept of the team itself, beyond the individual personalities that comprise it. Anyone with a desire to learn how to achieve team work in any setting -- whether on the soccer field or in the office -- should read this book. At a time in my job when teamwork at my all-women office seemed to be at its lowest ebb, with backstabbing and harsh hallway gossiping eating away at office morale, it was a joyous relief to read of a group of strong, hard-driving, hard-playing women who feared each other, respected each other, screamed at each other, laughed with each other, cried with each other, all the while pursuing and ACHIEVING a common goal with such ferocity and drive and sheer dignity that was breathtaking to behold. It left me with tremendous hope for my own group of strong, hard-driving, hard-playing women and our certain ability to achieve our lofty goal ... for a cause we each personally believe in. Sure, we don't have 90,000 people watching us, but we do have 3,000 -- and more -- who do depend on us and the money we hope to bring in. I have the urge to buy a copy of this book for every woman in my office.Read more ›
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My wife has read some of his stuff and I just used the first 7 pages of this to light my outdoor fireplace. Ass Clown.Published on August 9, 2012 by LoloLover
Please consider boycotting Jere Longman for his unprofessional attack piece on Olympic athlete Lolo Jones in teh New York Times.Published on August 8, 2012 by FG
My teenage daughter really enjoyed this book. She plays high school girls soccer and this was a book that she really enjoyed.Published on February 6, 2010 by Rod Fleck
I loved this book. It told about the history of what made the team and womens soccer so good and fun. If you love soccer and history, you will love this book.Published on November 9, 2003 by alexa
Jere Longman's, The Girls of Summer, is by far one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. I am a huge Womens National Team fan. Read morePublished on April 23, 2003 by J. A. Stickles
This was an awesome book and the best I've read in a longtime. Everyone should read this regardless of if they play soccer or not.Published on May 16, 2002 by keeper
I thought that this was a great book. I enjoyed reading it because my favorite female athletes were the subjects in this book. Read morePublished on October 11, 2001 by alex Rothemich
Jere Longman has a real hit here. You don't have to love soccer to love this book. Not only does Longman tell of the Womens World Cup win, but of the entire existance of the... Read morePublished on May 4, 2001 by Allison Lee
Players go through alot not just on the field though, fighting for things that they believe in. People don't realize what hard work it takes. Read morePublished on February 25, 2001